Bullying Prevention

Although classes haven't started, administrators are already making sure students and parents know their schools are bully free zones.

"It's not tolerated by faculty or staff here, we like for students to let their teacher know if they're being bullied, they can let them know anonymously by a note," says Girard Middle School Guidance Counselor.

"Now before every child even sits down in a classroom they'll have to read this book, it's called the bully, it's about a young man who experiences bullying from some unwanted company."

Another approach to assure parents and students that bullying is not accepted.

There are signs to look for if your child is being bullied, for instance
If your child becomes withdrawn, shows signs of depression, or if grades start to slip you may need to talk to the child.

At the southeast Alabama child advocacy center, workers remind everyone that bullying can happen anywhere.

"As far as the bullying goes here in Dothan, it goes on everywhere. It doesn't matter where your child is in school, whether it's public school private school, where they are it's going to happen," says Jessica Goolsby.

Police say there is a resource officer at every Dothan city and Houston County school.

"My job in particular here at Girard, I have and open door policy, so anytime a student they can come talk to me at anytime," says Girard Middle School Resource Officer.

School officials say now is a great time to chat with your children about bullying, especially with classes starting soon.

School administrators do suggest parents encourage their children, and try to boost their self- esteem.

They say that can be a great defense when it comes to bullying.

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