PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- Dominick Patafio is not so worried about his own son when it comes to bullying, but he is concerned about how it can affect other children.
"I know my son can handle himself," said Patafio, whose son Aden, 9, goes to Park Avenue School. "But some other kids are overly sensitive. It's the verbal and mental abuse that can get to them."
Bullying in schools can have serious consequences on the mental development and happiness of students, which is why the Port Chester School District aims to decrease the behavior through anti-bullying programs such as Rachel's Challenge .
Patafio feels that it is important that parents, students and school faculty and staff get involved to eliminate bullying. "It takes the whole community," he said.
Although Patafio would never want his son to be a victim of bullying, he said he would rather that be the case than have it be the other way around.
"If I ever found out he was acting that way, I would really dig into him," he said.
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