An estimated 160,000 children nationwide stay home from school each day because of fears of bullies once they get to school. And, Missouri Public Safety Director Mark James says it can escalate to tragic consequences. That’s why James’ department is sponsoring an anti-bullying program that uses entertainers to take the message to schools that bullying is wrong. The group is traveling to 75 elementary schools across the state in its third year of spreading the word that kids have choices – choices not to bully and choices of how to handle a bully. Public safety officials say nearly two-thirds of the schools where the performances take place see a decrease in bullying.