Teaming Up to Stop Bullies
They're as much a part of school as lunch and recess. Yet, many schools don't how to handle them.
"I think that bullying has been a problem for years," said Principal Stacy Fick of New Bloomfield Elementary. "But, I think that it has just taken on a different face."
One national study showed fear of bullying causes 160,000 students to miss school each day.
So, Fick asked fourth-grader Abby Haas to join an anti-bullying committee. Abby agreed and recruited her mom.
"I'm hoping she gains a good leadership skill," said Megan Haas, "and can kind of be that middle man, maybe, between her friends or maybe people."
The school held a meeting this week to tell parents, children and teachers the difference between bullying and normal behavior.
"I think it was a really good idea to have that," added Haas, "just to kind of give them, the parents and the teachers that were there, the idea of what the committee was going to be for and how it was going to help improve the school."
An anti-bullying expert also met with parents and teachers at the meeting to explain strategies and solutions to help prevent bullying.