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School tackling bullying one student at a time

ID=15042651A Roane County school is trying to put an end to bullying and in a way trying to define it. This involves a program used around the country.

Midtown Elementary School just started the program this school year. Although it is very new to the area, school officials said they are already seeing improvements.

It's called Olweus Bullying Prevention Program.

"One thing about this program is it teaches to not be a bystander anymore. It tells them what to do when they see that. How do it in a safe way," said guidance counselor Heather Dyer.

Principal Kendra Inman brought it to her school to tackle a problem and stop bullying at an early age.

"We are hoping that the students learn take this with them as they leave Midtown Elementary school. Moving in to middle school and high school, where we know there are more bullying issues," said Inman.

The program outlines certain behaviors that look like bullying and gives the teachers a guideline. Part of this program is very dependent on the kids' input.

"It opens the dialogue. It allows them to share possibly things that have gone on over the weekend, things they have heard about, questions they might have, and the teachers are able to listen and comment and if needed, help out in those situations," said Inman.

Every Monday morning, each classroom sets aside thirty minutes for the teachers to speak to each student. That way, they can see if anything is wrong, whether in school or out.

"Everybody's voice gets to be heard in their class meeting," said Dyer.

And it's already paying off.

"I talked to that student, and was able to call home to their parents about that. And that child and their parents talked when they got home to deal with what was going on with it. A child in their neighborhood that was bullying that child," said Dyer.

Getting the parents, teachers and students all on the same level while eliminating the gray areas of bullying, all while helping create the 'No Bully Zone.'

The school plans to branch out to the community to show what they are working with. They are hosting parent night Thursday at the school starting at 6:30 pm.


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