Posted by: newperspectives85 | December 29, 2011

October as Bullying Prevention month

Bullying Prevention Month in Charlottesville & Albemarle

Posted: Oct 10, 2011 9:38 PM EDT Updated: Oct 24, 2011 10:48 PM EDT

This month, your student might see more effort in the hallways to end bullying. In classrooms across the country, October is a time to focus on bullying prevention – Charlottesville and Albemarle County schools are no exception.

Safe Schools/Healthy Students puts out a survey to see how much of a problem bullying is. Even though their latest results show much fewer kids are bullied, the work is far from done.

On the soccer field and away from the classroom, fourth grader Tyler Thomas has his own simple definition for bullying. “He [a bully] just feels like he wants to be mean to people,” he said.

Iris Whedbee, a seventh grade student, says cyberspace is part of it too.

“It’s like mean things and mean words on other people’s walls and on their pictures and stuff,” she stated.

No matter how kids define a bully, October is dedicated to bringing down bullying in the hallways. That includes Charlottesville and Albemarle County schools.

June Jenkins, director of Safe Schools/Healthy Students, said, “Even though we have a small number of kids that are involved in being bullied and a small number of kids that are doing this behavior, all of the kids in the school are watching these behaviors, so is impacts everybody.”

This month, the program is making an extra effort to stop bullying in area schools with pledges for the kids, special student training and even videos.

“Instead of talking about what not to do during this month, we’re trying to really encourage our kids to think about what they can do, and that’s to stand up for each other,” Jenkins said.

For some of these kids, it’s just about choosing who you have on your team. “Well you should just stay away from people that you know could be mean,” stated Thomas.

Some of the other things Safe Schools/Healthy Students have planned for this month include a cyber bullying summit, and an event for teachers and staff so they can talk about bullying from their point of view.

Reported by Dannika Lewis

Dannika Lewis joined the NBC29 news team as a general assignment reporter in June 2010. She started her ventures in broadcast news at Elon University where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism.
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