Anti-bullying day is a reminder to watch for and report cases of bullying

The United Nations recognized May 4 as Anti-bullying day. (FILE)

United Nations recognized May 4 as Anti-bullying day.

For many schools across mid-Missouri the day served as a reminder to continue efforts to stop bullying.

Fulton Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Dr. Ty Crain said he reminds his teachers to keep an eye out for bullying at school.

"I tell them to be cognizant of what's going on and listening and making sure we're keeping an eye on the kids," Crain said. "If we see anything that is concerning we make sure we report that because if we don't report it, sometimes it can happen in different locations and with different adults around we don't establish that pattern. We want to make sure that we know if it's happening one place and another place there's someone it's reported to and we can keep track of that and make sure that we get it stopped."

When a report of bullying is first made, the building's principal will begin a report. The principal then begins an investigation. The investigation is required to be completed within ten days of the initial report. If the instance of bullying is substantiated, the report is moved to Crain's office.

"We keep all of the reports on file at my office and then if need be we'll take those reports to law enforcement," Crain said.

Crain said anti-bullying curriculum changes based on the level of education in the district.

"In each of our buildings we have curriculum for social skills and to deal with working with their peers. At our elementary schools we work with our counselors and have small groups. At the middle school level we have an advisory time where we work through those skills. At the high school we have a seminar where we work through teaching that curriculum," Crain said.

Crain was part of a Stop Bullying Mid-MO panel discussion scheduled to air May 5 at 6:30 p.m. on KRCG 13.

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