Bullying, whether it's in the classroom or in cyberspace, is a huge problem for schools in our hometowns and across the country.
Roanoke City and Roanoke County schools are doing what they can to curb the problem in schools.
At the end of March, Roanoke County schools will conduct its fifth risk behavior survey, which includes questions about bullying and cyber bullying. The research is done every two years. School officials say they use the information to help make school policy. The student advisory council also has a say in what is involved in that policy.
Bandfest 2012 is another way to promote healthy behavior among students. The show is Saturday, March 31 at Northside High School. It starts at 7:30 p.m. School leaders say the event is designed to allow Roanoke Valley students to showcase their musical talents, while hearing a strong message about avoiding risky behaviors.
Several student bands will compete for cash prizes. It is a valley-wide event for middle and high school-aged students.