To some kids, high school is and will always remain the best place in the world.
Well, probably not because of the lessons they've attended, but due to all the friendships they've made there and all the mischief they caused. All those carefree days when the only item on the agenda was to have a good time.
To others, however, high school equals ... hell.
Look familiar? 1 in 4 U.S. students says they've experienced bullying in school.
According to research, approximately 1 out of 4 (22 percent) U.S. students experience bullying in school. Not even half of them dare to report it. Instead, these kids go day after day being verbally and physically harassed, often risking their mental health and well-being.
And it's not just the U.S. alone.
Bullying in schools is admitted to be a global problem and needs to be tackled with great force. That's why it is always so great to see examples of worldwide initiatives that face the issue head-on.
This time, it comes from Lithuania.
Lithuanian helpline Child Line teamed up with ad agency ENTER and created a project that was aptly named "Museum of Bullying."
The project features various "exhibits" that represent some of the most common bullying methods, such as name-calling or damage of personal property.
"We wanted to bring attention to bullying through symbols rather than frightful images and straightforward stories," Vaidotas Valantiejus of ENTER told A Plus.
Simulating a museum is supposed to convey the idea of bullying as a thing of the past.
According to Valantiejus, the team hopes their project will make future generations more aware of the negative effects bullying causes and will prevent them from repeating same mistakes.
"It is clear that bullying isn't just a personal problem. We are all playing our part in it because we don't recognize innocent pranks as something that might upset other people," he said.
The project is also supposed to raise funds for the Child Line, which is currently being run by entirely by volunteers who can only respond to 1 out of 7 calls from children in distress.