Parents Rally To Bring Awareness To School Bullying

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Parents gathered outside of Campus High School today and said the school is not enforcing its own anti-bullying policies to protect students.

"It makes me angry that there's so much of this going on and nothing has been done," said Miranda Miller, mother of a bullying victim.

Miranda and her husband, Justin, were heartbroken to find out their 14-year-old daughter attempted suicide from bullying.

"I went to school. Yes, there were bullies. They were mean, but they didn't tell you, 'You should die. This place would be better if you were dead,'" said Justin. "That is horrible."

The couple said they asked for help from the school but did not get any assistance.

School officials sent an email statement saying that they have a zero tolerance policy regarding bullying behavior.

"They need more education on how to treat the bullying when it comes about," said Miranda. "For now, it needs to be known that bullying is going on into the schools."

As the couple held signs in front of the school to bring awareness to bullying, a group of students said bullying is not a problem at Campus High School.

The students said they have effective support systems in place as long as students ask for help.

"I don't think it's okay to blame Campus High School for what happened. I think that it should be a problem within her family that should be handled. I don't think that it should be put on Campus High School because she had the resources available," said Shelby Bettles, student.

School officials said they have multiple policies that address bullying, but parents, like the Millers, said there is a lack of enforcement.

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Email statement from Liz Hames, Community Relations Coordinator for Haysville USD 261:

Haysville USD 261 and Campus High School welcomes comments from students, parents, staff and patrons.

Campus High School’s handbook has multiple policies addressing bullying and other forms of behavior. The Board of Education also has policies and procedures addressing these behaviors.

The District takes seriously the safety and well-being of all students and staff. There is a zero tolerance for bullying behavior at any level. Issues are dealt with as soon as they are reported to a teacher, principal, counseling staff or other school employee.

Haysville Board of Education Policy on Bullying:

The board of education prohibits bullying in any form, including electronic means, on or while using school property, in a school vehicle or at a school-sponsored activity or event. The administration shall propose, and the board shall review and approve a plan to address bullying on school property, in a school vehicle or at a school-sponsored activity or event.

The plan shall include provisions for the training and education of staff members and students and shall include appropriate community involvement as approved by the board. Students who have bullied others in violation of this policy may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including suspension and expulsion. If appropriate, students who violate the bullying prohibition shall be reported to local law enforcement.

BOE Adopted KASB’s Recommendation: October 15, 2007; BOE Reviewed and Adopted KASB Recommendation: August 18, 2008

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