The Kentucky Department of Education reported 15,520 incidents of bullying during the 2012-13 school year. How do schools in Kentucky prevent and intervene with bullying? Do they help or hinder? What is the bullying policy at your child’s school?
What is the definition of bullying? “Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time,” as reported on www.stopbullying.gov.
Is Kentucky protecting your children while they are in school? House Bill 91 - The Golden Rule Act (KRS 158.156 legislation) requires the Kentucky Department of Education to provide guidance to local school districts to assist with the implementation of the law at the local level. It also requires that “model policies” (bullying, code of conduct, and supervision of students) be provided to school districts. Visit www.education.ky.gov.
Section One of KRS Chapter 158 states: (1) Any employee of a school or a local board of education who knows or has reasonable cause to believe that a school student has been the victim of a violation of any felony offense specified in KRS Chapter 508 committed by another student while on school premises, on school-sponsored transportation, or at a school-sponsored event shall immediately cause an oral or written report to be made to the principal of the school attended by the victim. The principal shall notify the parents, legal guardians, or other persons exercising custodial control or supervision of the student when the student is involved in an incident reportable under this section. The principal shall file with the local school board and the local law enforcement agency or the Department of Kentucky State Police or the county attorney within forty-eight (48) hours of the original report a written report. Visit www.bullypolice.org/ky_law.html.
What are Schools Doing?
An article in the Courier-Journal reported that 11 year-old Morgan Guess was appointed to a 2014 Kentucky Youth Bullying Prevention Task Force by Gov. Beshear to work on bullying prevention in Kentucky schools. Guess is a former victim of school bullying.
The Jessamine County school district is using the Safety Tipline Online Prevention (STOP) email format provided free by the Kentucky Center for School Safety to stop bullying. Students, parents or community members can anonymously report school bullying or unsafe situations.
Students at Tates Creek High School continue to use the H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Everyday) Club to help bullied students. Members have presented to 200 middle schools.
The Kentucky Center for School Safety is a one-stop shop for bullying resources for students, parents, teachers, administrators and the community. Visit www.kycss.org/bullying.php.
Do children bully because adults bully? Children live what they learn and they learn by observing and imitating adults. Is our culture of cruelty so overwhelming that bullied children lose hope? Children live in the moment and they believe what they feel is permanent and what is happening will not change. School becomes an emotional battleground when bullying continues and children are the casualties.
The family is the foundational building block of society and this is where bullying prevention must start. Parents need to teach and talk the no-bullying walk. Caretakers need to turn off the television and technology and just spend time with talking with kids.
Please seek help from a child therapist if your child is a victim of bullying and shows signs of depression or anxiety. Ask your pediatrician for a referral. Talk with the school counselor, principal, and teachers and keep talking. Contact the superintendent, the school board members, and the Kentucky Department of Education and keep talking. If the bullying does not stop you may want to talk to an attorney.
Melissa Martin, Ph.D., is a child therapist, consultant, and educator in Appalachia.
To whomever it may concern,
It has come to my attention that one of my ads on TheLevisaLazer.com that I made for a candidate did not include the term “elect” or “vote for” on it and instead merely had the person’s name on the ad which clicks to a larger ad that does have the word “elect" on it.
This was totally unintentional and I apologize to anyone who may have been offended by the mistake.
Dr. Mark H. Grayson (Hon DoL EKU)
By Glenn Mollette
Politicians can't serve unless we vote them into office.
Big money buys big advertising. The big advertising is about convincing us how to vote. Harry Reid said "Coal and oil makes us sick." Political campaigns make us sick would be closer to the truth. Honestly, aren't you sick and tired, worn out and beat down by all the political television rhetoric?
Politicians buy every available advertising space on television. The only people who dread seeing the campaign end are the television station owners and sales teams. They get rich during the campaign season.
The power lies in our flip of the switch at the voting booth. If we stay home on Election Day we are giving up our great American privilege.
I hear too many people say my vote doesn't count. According to statisticbrain.com 64% of America's registered voters voted in the 2012 Presidential election. That number represents 131,144,000 voters. This sounds like a lot of people but 206,072,000 people would have been eligible to vote if everyone had registered. Every vote counts. November fourth, television will be all about how you and millions of Americans vote. Too many ineffective politicians get into office because people don't take the time to vote.
Plan now to vote. Work your schedule so that you have the time to cast your ballot.
How do your feel about the soldiers who serve our country? Some of them are in harms way every day.Some will lose a limb or take a bullet for you. The least you can do is drag yourself into your local precinct and vote. Make an informed decision. Listen to what they say and study what they have done.
Today, most Americans are worried about healthcare, Social Security, jobs, our national security, taxes and feeding our families. Sitting home on Election Day fumbling with the television remote or Facebook will not help any of your concerns.
Drag yourself away from whatever you are normally doing and go to the polls on Election Day. I hear so many people saying they don't like certain candidates and love others. The only way to keep someone in office or put someone else in office is to vote.
If you are reading this after Election Day, please remember for the next voting day. Your vote is only one vote but it's a vote. Your vote will make a difference on Election night - if you vote.
Harry Reid coal and oil, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/07/01/harry-reid--coal-makes-us_n_110218.html
Dr. Glenn Mollette is a syndicated American columnist and author. He is read in all 50 states. The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily representative of any other group, organization or this publication. Like his facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/GlennMollette visit www.glennmollette.com
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