Bullying Prevention in the Valley

By: Charles House II Email
By: Charles House II Email

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Spotswood Elementary School is working hard with other local schools to help prevent bullying.

The parent outreach night was held on November 2, hoping to inform parents on ways to eliminate bullying.

The program, the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, is funded by a grant that will keep it operating for three years.

The goal isn't just to identify bullying, but to bring the community together to prevent it in schools and outside.

"Our program focuses on standing up and unifying as a school to be a culture that doesn't tolerate bullying so that kids can feel comfortable in standing up or getting help when they need to," said Terry Cary, a school counselor for Smithland Elementary.

Cary said the best way to prevent bullying in older children is to educate them at a young age that it is not acceptable.

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