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Boardman board discusses bullying issue



Published: Tue, August 23, 2011 @ 12:01 a.m.

By ELISE McKEOWN SKOLNICK

news@vindy.com

BOARDMAN

Schools Superintendent Frank Lazzeri advocated for a waiver day for teachers in all Mahoning County school districts to learn more about bullying prevention.

“And we’re going to have that,” he told a concerned parent at the board of education meeting Monday. “We’re sponsoring it. It’s going to be for every teacher in Mahoning County.”

Marie Fryda, parent of three children in the district, attended the meeting to ask about plans to prevent future bullying problems in the district.

In June, a former student of Boardman Local Schools filed suit through her parents against the district, alleging it failed to enforce its bullying policies.

“What I want to know specifically: Are there plans in place to be proactive to prevent future things from happening in the school district?” Fryda asked.

The district has been proactive, Lazzeri said.

Guidance counselors and principals have worked with students, and programs that address bullying issues have been implemented. The school resource officer also has met with classes for 10 years to address bullying and harassing issues.

“So this isn’t something that happened yesterday,” Lazzeri said.

Though Fryda would like to see restrictions on student use of social platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter, Lazzeri said that is not feasible.

“We can’t control things that happen in the home, things that happen in the community, things that happen in the summer, things that happen in the evening. We’re not the policeman for the community,” he said.

Students cannot access sites such as Facebook at school, because those sites are blocked, he added.


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1southsidedave(4777 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Bullies have always existed; I do not understand why this problem is given so much attention.

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2Bigben(1996 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

People are sick of it and I don't blame them. Bad behavior should be dealt with swiftly and effectively instead of turning one's head.

A non bullying environment benefits all concerned. Anyone who would oppose the effort would lack sound judgement in my opinion.

Just because something wrong has been around a long time makes it no less distasteful.

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3Bigben(1996 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

@LoseraNeverWin -- Sounds good to me. There is really no good reason to have those in school anyway. The kids use them to cheat and converse ect so they are really just a problem for the most part.

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4seminole(476 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

@ Bigben, you're dead-on. They use the phones to cheat. The teachers never confiscate them or enforce the rule of no cells out during class. If the stooges of Boardman Schools would stop the use of cell phones then the teachers should also be blocked. Our kids have told us of numerous incidents where their teachers step out of their classrooms and use their cells, or just talk in front of the class. Not sure but I would assume no school related communication would be done on a cell? See, you can't tell the kids they can't do it when the teachers are using them during class hours (or doing their taxes during class time...). As far as Facebook, you can see where kids have posted on their accounts during school hours. So, they are either getting it done on their cells during school hours or in their computer classes. And, the firewall has been jumped by a kid before so the claim that the sites are blocked is a naive comment from Lazzeri. If it's there the kids will find it.

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