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Bolich Middle School Protest Brings Swift Change to District's Bullying Policies

Superintendent Todd Nichols announced via the AlertNow system on Wednesday that school officials are going to significantly ramp up anti-bullying initiatives and procedures.

 

Sixth grader Christina Giannini and seventh grader Jasmine Moore felt like their complaints against bullies weren’t being taken seriously by officials, so they decided to stage a

On Wednesday morning, 150 students assembled outside of the school, and the mob of protesters quickly gained the full attention of Bolich’s administrators.

Principal John Musat invited the students into the cafeteria for an impromptu forum. He gave the children the floor and asked them to speak their minds, said Kellie Patterson, a parent who attended the protest.

On Wednesday night, an AlertNow call was sent out to parents in the district to notify them that, as a result of the morning meeting, Bolich would initiate weekly student and parent forums to address bullying issues and discuss school safety concerns, said Cuyahoga Falls City Schools Superintendent Todd Nichols.

“What all of our parents need to expect at this point is discipline is going to be strong with regard to our reaction and response to bullying,” said Nichols.

In terms of solutions, school officials are currently eying the possibility of recruiting parents to help patrol school hallways and cafeterias and other areas where bullying is most prevalent, he said.

Patterson thinks the district is taking a “proactive” step in the right direction, but she stressed that more needs to be done.

In her opinion, bullying can be curbed at the kindergarten and elementary school levels with progressive punishments that grow harsher with each bullying infraction.

She said suspending or expelling students is not always the answer and that school counselors should work with parents to address the root cause of a student’s bullying tendencies.

Giannini and Moore said they’re pleased with the way Bolich is handling the issue and are hopeful that real change can be achieved to stem bullying. 

Paul March 15, 2012 at 11:56 AM
It sounds like a good start.I graduated from Falls High in 81.I went to Bolich.My son also graduated from Falls High,just to let people know I am familiar with the Falls School system.Bullying does not belong in the schools get it out of the schools and hopefully controlling it will spread to other areas.
Jeanne Daugherty March 15, 2012 at 02:48 PM
This was a good start. These kids did a great thing and I hope the school will do what they said they would do. I do have faith they will and show these kids the do care and they will not put up with bullys anymore.
Logan Larlham March 15, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Being a current student at Bolich i am happy to say that after yesterdays incident the admins are on top of things( well as on top as they can be at this point). i was a protester and i fully agree with the steps they are taking at this point to ensure no more bullying in the schools. I dont think no bullying will happen over night but i think it has certainly decreased since it was earlier in the week
audrey stalnaker (: March 17, 2012 at 12:18 AM
this was the best protest, & when we talked about what need to be done & how we felt in the cafeteria..i was grateful that i had the opportunity to get my point across. let's hope that the school district proceeds to do what they explained they'd do! (;
audrey stalnaker (: March 17, 2012 at 12:19 AM
shiirrrts! :)

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