MISD Speaks Out On Resources For Victims Of Bullying 5/6/13
CBS 7 News
May 6, 2013
MIDLAND-After a big response on Facebook from viewers to our stories on bullying, we decided to follow up and find out just how MISD handles those cases.
For starters--MISD says bullying is defined as repeated and targeted attacks against an individual student where one student shows power over another.
"Often times what people think is bullying does not necessarily fit that definition,” said MISD Student Development Director Ron Moss. “Things that are rude behavior are not necessarily bullying."
MISD says one of the most important ways to fight bullying is by reporting it to school officials.
"We can't do anything unless we know a child is being victimized,” Moss said. “We need your help to help your child and if you are convinced that your child is being bullied--trigger an investigation with a phone call."
A parent can call MISD directly or a school administrator--which will launch an investigation into allegations of bullying. Then administrators can respond with disciplinary action, counseling or a combination of both on a case-by-case basis.
"There is not online reporting, but parents can call schools, talk to teachers or counselors,” Moss said.
Moss says it also comes down to teaching good behaviors for your children.
"We've got to have help from parents to teach our children how to treat one another with respect.”