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In a war zone, you never know when the enemy will strike.

While the danger is clear when combatants are all around, you may also suffer a sneak attack while using the restroom or walking to an assignment. Those assaults could come from a known enemy, but they could also come from a stranger, or even a trusted friend.

This is life in a war zone. Unfortunately, for bullied kids, it's also life in our schools.

With advances in social media, kids who once only faced harassment in the school building are now dealing with it in their own bedrooms. Stress, anxiety and hopelessness build up, leading many kids to withdraw, or worse.

While schools and parents grapple with the growing problem, some unusual players are also offering their assistance. Pop star Lady Gaga hopes her Born This Way Foundation will be able to get to the roots of the problems of bullying, and empower kids to create a better, more peaceful world for themselves. She isn't on a solo mission. Young activists and bright professionals across the country are working with her, including a Colorado Springs resident armed with a body of research.

In our annual K-through-12 education guide, we introduce this little-known local warrior, and provide resources that may help you or school-aged loved ones combat bullying on your own. Plus, on a broader-based level, we present a rundown of educational options and helpful lists of schools in our area.

Charge forward here.

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