Valley Middle School Fights Against Bullying

On Thursday morning, teachers and staff at one Valley school were working hard to stop bullies dead in their tracks.

Thursday kicked off the Step Up campaign at Stuarts Draft Middle School.

The campaign's goal is to teach children the necessary skills they need to deal with bullies and difficult people, both in school and for the rest of their lives.

On Thursday, scenes depicting bullying were played out in front of the students.

Principal Scott Musick says it was the first of many monthly events being held at the school.

Next week, he says boxes will be put up for students to drop off anonymous reports of possible bullying.

One student who attended Thursday's assembly says it was a welcome sign.

"I've been bullied and it's not very fun. Being bullied really hurts, especially when they're saying stuff and you have to tell the teacher," explains Jazmin Howard, a seventh grader. "It made me feel very proud that people are actually caring about bullies and bullying isn't okay."

However, while the school hopes to stop bullying on their grounds, Musick says cyber bullying is becoming a growing concern.

"I get reports almost every week of some kid who says somebody's texted them, sent them something on their computer, or called and made some kind of threat or derogatory comment," explains Musick. "When it happens outside of school, the whole dilemma for school personnel is 'What authority do we have to step into those issues?'"

He adds the school is not addressing cyber bullying during the Step Up campaign, because the school hasn't figured out a way to tackle the issue.

However, Musick hopes to have it as part of the school's program eventually.


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