Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

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February 26, 2014

The bullying issue: Parents, school disagree on response

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Feb. 26, 2014 —

The parents all claimed they had been denied parent/ teacher conferences, had been told that it was “taken care of” while the students saw no behavior change.

The parents say they have considered pulling their children out of school completely.

“These girls should be able to get an education without being terrorized by these bullies,” one mother said. “But it’s very obvious that these kids just don't matter to the administration.”

Wilburn says those claims are untrue.

“We can't take care of something if we don't know it is happening,” Wilburn said. “The assistant principal and I are both parents, so we have been in these same situations and we are sensitive to the kids. We want them to like school and be happy. That may not work 100 percent of the time, but we want them to be able to come to us if there is a problem.”

Wilburn said all reports of bullying are investigated and disciplinary measures are taken. Communication between the school, students, and parents, she said, is imperative to a healthy learning environment.

The anti-bullying curriculum is spread throughout the month. Wilburn said that lessons include role playing, sharing personal experiences, and pledges against bullying.

Leeann Akers can be reached at lakers@journal-times.com or by phone at 474-5101.

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