A new study released Thursday confirmed what many may have suspected: bullying is a problem in Hawai'i.
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The survey of 442 people across Oahu, Big Island, Maui and Kauai was conducted for the Equality Hawai'i Foundation. It indicates 57 percent of respondents have been directly or indirectly impacted by bullying.
Close to half also stated that they knew a child who had been bullied.
The explosion of social media and its use by children has only made the issue worse.
"Examples like Facebook. It used to be that when you were physically bullied, you left school. You could get away from bullying. Now it can be 24/7 as well as from a large group of people very quickly," said Matthew Bellhouse-King of Equality Hawaii.
92 percent of those polled felt the issue was serious enough for lawmakers to address it in the 2015 session.
It's something the group Equality Hawaii hopes will happen so that stronger bullying protections can be enforced.