Schoolyard Scars: Possible Solutions

Despite all the negativity that surrounds bullying there is a glimmer of hope.
Students, parents, administrators and law enforcement want to put a stop to it all.

We often hear about the problem of bullying, but the people we talked to wanted to provide solutions,

"I want the police to do their job, and I want the school, to do their job, to where these kids can be safe to go to school," says Betty Hall.

"I just want the school, in general, the town, to take a bigger step on, the whole bullying situation I mean there are too many, teenagers and adults, and young children that have been bullied to the point of either being homicidal or suicidal," says Jennifer Carey.

"It's something that we campaign against, you know negative behavior, and exploitation, then we can in a way get everyone involved, in something that will be anti-bullying,” says Justice Black.

"All around we need to come together and help students in that situation."

"Making surer that their child feels loved, making sure that the parents or the guardians do what they can do to build up the child’s self esteem. Every chance they can," says Dr. Jerilyn Mcleod.

That's only a few solutions of what some people in the wiregrass want done to stop bullying, but one man here in Slocomb says he's on a mission to make sure every student knows, bullying isn't tolerated.

Meet Slocomb’s chief of police, don white, it's clear he's no stranger to children at Slocomb middle school. Every child who passed him in the halls knew him.

"we started about two three years ago over at the elementary and high school, and has really took off into all aspects of the school, to where we give instructions, for the parents , the teachers right down to the kindergarteners, to the seniors," says Slocomb Police Chief Don White.

Chief White walks these hallways to monitor bullying. It's a program he says has been effective since its inception.
And they're working to expand into nearby areas.

"The program has went over so well here in Slocomb, we have expanded it county wide so that throughout the Geneva county system, and over into the Geneva city system, it's a program needed throughout school systems, because every high school, elementary school has bullying in it, “says Slocomb Police Chief Don White.

At Grandview elementary its bully prevention week and these third through fifth graders are learning early how to stop bullying.

"When somebody bullies you go tell the teacher, or the parent, or an adult that's around you or walk away or don't listen to it, or go to another friend group," says 4th grader Jaquette Townsend.

All in all administrators, parents, students and law enforcement want to work together to stop bullying.

There are programs implemented in some schools across the wiregrass to prevent bullying, but hopefully there will be one program in every school soon.

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