Written by: Savannah Norton
October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Some students turn to online school because of bullying so that they can focus on their academics.
Matthew Varga is a 16-year-old who just started his junior year with Chicago Virtual Charter School (CVCS). From his big smile and good grades, you would never knew that he was severely bullied while at a brick and mortar school.
“The stress put me in the hospital,” Matthew said.
When 6th grade came along, Matthew enrolled in CVCS for the 2011-12 school year. Since joining the online school, he has found a safe haven where he can learn and thrive in his studies.
“My only regret is I did not start my boys sooner,” said Matthew’s mother, Lisa Varga. “Matt has been a whole different person since starting at CVCS.”
When Matthew was 8 years old, he was diagnosed with separation anxiety and depression.
“All this with the bullying made him not want to socialize or go to school,” Lisa said. “Since starting at CVCS, Matt has so much more confidence socially. He actually looks forward to his learning center day so he can see his friends at school - it’s amazing!”
“It is nice to be able to go to school and learn instead of being worried about being bullied,” Matthew said.