TULSA - Two Green Country moms fed up with bullying have started a Facebook page they hope will spark discussion, raise awareness, and lead to change.
They call it "Stop the Bullying," and while they're just getting started, they hope it grows into something substantial.
But Debbie Wilson says even if it changes the life of only one bullied child, or changes the mind of one bully, it will have succeeded.
She says her own daughter has been bullied to the point where she's actually talked about hurting herself, leaving Debbie deeply worried about the girl, who's 14 years old.
She says the bullying has affected the girl's grades as well.
Candie Davis is the other mom behind "Stop the Bullying," she tells KRMG her oldest son was targeted and it got so bad she has pulled him from school and has enrolled him in online classes.
She still has two younger children in elementary school.
She says part of the problem is that the schools don't seem to take the situation seriously, and are dismissive.
"They were trying to make me feel like it didn't happen, and trying to push it away, make it go away," she said.
In that case, the child was actually bullied by a teacher, she says; meanwhile, Wilson says teachers seem to never see the bullying, just any retaliation or defense by the kid being picked on.
"The kid who is being bullied gets the most punishment from the teacher, and the bully, well he walks away scot free," she said.
Research supports what the women are saying.
The website Bullying Statistics says the problem is growing, and social media have opened up new avenues for bullies.
Wilson and Davis hope to fight fire with fire, using social media to combat the problem.