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Put a stop to bullying: Community-wide committee to meet Tuesday to address issue

Posted: Saturday, Oct 13th, 2012

HURON —The Huron Board of Education and the Huron Public Schools are taking the issue of bullying very seriously, whether it happens on school grounds, in a public place, on private property or through the Internet. The district has adopted a strict, zero-tolerance policy when it comes to bullying in the school, but bullying doesn’t just happen at school.

Two board members, Shelley Bennett and Nichole Yost, attended a presentation and workshop dealing with bullying at a regional meeting held in Sioux Falls during the summer. Part of that presentation involved viewing the film, “Bully,” which documents real cases of bullying around the country. With a large percentage of people having suffered from bullying or knowing someone who has been bullied, this is an issue that affects everyone in the community. And more and more across the state and country, lives are being destroyed and people, young and old, are dying, all as the result of bullying.

Yost and Bennett were instrumental in bringing the documentary to Huron as part of an inservice event for all Huron district faculty and staff. Huron Luxury Cinemas donated the use of the theater to show the movie twice, to accommodate all employees’ work schedules. Superintendent Terry Nebelsick said it was mandatory for all employees who have contact with students. He thought about 315 district workers attended the showing, held during the State Fair.

Yost commented that this movie is especially relevant as it was filmed in part in Sioux City, Iowa. “That really made an impact on me because it hit close to home,” she said.

Bennett and Yost are forming a community-wide committee to look at ways to put a stop to bullying outside of the classroom and playground. “The next step is to involve the community, because we all have to work together to assure the safety of our children,” Nebelsick commented.

An organizational meeting is planned for Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the Instructional Planning Center in the Huron Arena. This is the same room where the school board meetings are held on the second floor on the west side of the Arena.

“Anyone interested in this problem is welcome to come,” said Bennett. They hope to involve clergy, youth club leaders, parents, students, business owners and other community members, because bullying will only stop when every adult steps in whenever they witness an act of bullying.

“One thing we will do is bring the movie, ‘Bully,’ back to Huron,” said Yost. “We want this available for the general public to view and lead to discussions on how we can all work to stop bullying.”

Some of the items that will be discussed at the meeting include scheduling the film, setting up discussion groups, learning about resources and educational tools available and the need to bring awareness of the problem to each club and group in Huron. Anyone interested in helping to stamp out bullying in Huron is welcome to attend this meeting. Call the administration office at 353-6990 for directions or more information.

For the complete article see the 10-12-2012 issue.

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