Rockingham County Schools Update Anti- Bullying Plan to Keep Kids Safe

By: Litsa Pappas Email
By: Litsa Pappas Email

The Rockingham County Schools anti-bullying committee presented its research at Monday's school board meeting.

The committee is planning a couple things over the next month to prevent bullying.

The Director of Secondary Instruction for Rockingham County Schools, Scott Bojanich, presented the committee's findings. Bojanich says they will show different bullying presentations to all the grades that will cater to each age level.

"It looks different than it does in the elementary than it does in the middle and the middle looks different than it does in the high school, and there's always cyber-bullying, so we're hopefully going to catch all those things this month," Bojanich said.

A Rockingham County teacher says she's glad to see something being done about the bullying. She says she hears about bullying all of the time.

"Sometimes they'll open up and start talking about things that have happened at their home schools or with their friends,” Massanutten Technical School teacher Debra Bontz said. “We try to leave the door open so they know they can always come to us and can always talk to us."

Bontz says this will be good for teachers and students because bullying can come in many different forms.

"In high school, 'looks' is a big one, you know just kids staring at each other, and you know your self-esteem is built or broken down, based on how your peers treat you," Bontz said.

Bontz says she teaches her students to treat each other with respect.
She also says she's glad Rockingham County Schools are doing the same.

"If our students don't feel safe at our schools, they can't learn," Bontz said.

The anti-bullying committee also just heard from a national expert on bullying.

Bojanich says it was very helpful and plans on using information from that to teach kids and teachers about bullying.


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