Sometimes it starts as an innocent game of tag that goes too far.
Other times it's fueled by anger.
Whatever the reason, Sharpsburg resident Deborah Young, 53, says her 10-year-old granddaughter is being bullied at her Hagerstown elementary school. Coming home with a bloody nose or a visible bruise is not uncommon for the fifth-grader, Young said.
"(Bullying) is a problem in Washington County schools," she said. "There are children being hurt."
The Herald-Mail asked the nine candidates vying for a seat on the Washington County Board of Education whether they believe there is a bullying problem in the county's public schools. They also share what they would do to help on page A3 of today's newspaper.
This question, which was submitted by Young, is the third in a series of questions candidates have answered.
Young said the abuse her granddaughter suffers occurs mainly on the school's playground.
"When teachers are on the playground, they need to clearly be paying more attention to what is going on," she said.