TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) On the eve of a new school year, Vigo County schools unveil their plan to fight bullying from within.
“As long as schools have existed, bullying has existed,” Vigo County school security head Ray Azar said.
In the Hoosier state, school yard bullying is quite apparent. According to a study by the CDC Indiana ranks 3rd in the nation for students being bullied. Technology hasn’t helped fight that stat.
“In the last several years, especially with the advent of social media and some of the real, real negative things that have taken place, its become more important that we do a better job of identifying bullying and stopping it,” Azar explained.
But the rules of the school yard are changing. Across the state schools are updating their policies on the hated practice. Monday night in Vigo County, Azar unveiled the county’s new plan.
It’s a roll out program that educates young children on what bullying is and how to stop it. It also brings this to the table: The bully box. It’s an anonymous reporting box for the schools.
“What happens then is when the school gets a report they have a certain timeline in which to investigate the alleged bullying incident,” Azar said.
“Even if it doesn’t meet the requirements of the legal definition we will not ignore it. We will investigate all acts of conflict and there may be consequences involved.”
A new school year and in Vigo County hopefully a safer one as well.