HCPSS should show "Bully" in all schools
Many kids face someone who bullies them every day they go to school. Very often, the victim doesn't report it to teachers, administrators, parents or the police because he or she doesn't think they'll provide protection. The problem is wide-spread and pervasive. HCPSS created an anti-bullying task force a few years ago and it has done important work in reducing bullying. But it is by no means gone. One of the administrators said at a recent community meeting that parents, teachers and administrators can create all the policies they want, but if the students don't buy into it, it's no use. That is why it is so important that HCPSS show the movie "Bully" throughout its middle and high schools. It will get the conversation started and it will send a clear message that the Howard County Public School System does not think bullying is a minor issue that kids just have to "man up" about or that it somehow builds character. It will be a great way to get the students involved in developing strategies and policies to prevent bullying and make Howard County schools better than they already are!
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