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Superintendent Todd Nichols Responds to Patch Readers

Nichols says he'll work with the Cuyahoga Falls City School district and community at-large to help solve ongoing bullying issues.

Editor's note: Last week, we asked readers to offer constructive solutions on how best to solve the Cuyahoga Falls City Schools' ongoing bullying issues. I submitted your comments to Superintendent Todd Nichols, and he offered the following message in response.  

“The Cuyahoga Falls City School District is committed to a partnership with our parents and community to address the issues related to student behavior.  We encourage all parents and students grades 7-12 to join us Monday, March 26.  While the event won’t be an open forum, opportunities and next steps will be taken in the days, weeks, and months to follow.  The next, and most immediate step, will be an administrative team meeting at which we will discuss the play (on Tuesday, March 27).  We must recognize that these are community issues that spill into our schools; as such, we encourage a community reaction to the negative behaviors elicited by some of our youth.”

The free event Nichols is referring to is the "I Have a Secret" bullying prevention play, which will be held this Monday in the auditorium of at 6:30 p.m.

Following the stage performance, a guided discussion will be hosted by a panel of experts, who include: the Honorable Judge Linda Tucci-Teodosio, Cuyahoga Falls Chief of Police, Tom Pozza, and Sarah Moore, Partner, Roetzel and Andress.  

HAPPY, a group comprised of members from , will also deliver a brief presentation to show how the student group at SMFHS works to prevent bullying. 

For more information, contact the Cuyahoga Falls City School District Department of Pupil Services at 330-926-3800 ext. 502042.

To get the back story on the district's ongoing bullying issues, click through the following articles: 

James K. March 23, 2012 at 11:17 AM
Because a play about bullying and parents talking about is going to solve it. Why wouldn't you strike at the heart of the problem and enforce stricter punishments? I know Todd Nichols personally. Our kids played football together. I can assure you(from my prior interactions)he doesn't understand the seriousness of the issue. Is it going to take a kid bringing an actual gun(not a bb gun)to school before they decide to take IMEDIATE action?
Lauren C. March 23, 2012 at 05:47 PM
I think they should address this with the younger kids too. My son has been bullied in school and he's only in 3rd grade. I have brought it to the attention of the teacher and counselor and they have helped. It starts happening younger and younger. Not only do the schools need to address it, but also parents with their own children.
Adam C. Miller March 23, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Less talk. More walk.
greg michalowicz March 23, 2012 at 08:56 PM
James...it happens in school, out of school, walking home from school...it happens everywhere. I only hope your wrong, about what it will take for our system to see the severity of this issue. Reporting any and all incidents, putting credibility into reports from other students and most of all having trained ppl in our school system to solve and defuse situations before they get to the boiling point.
Earl Elevant March 24, 2012 at 03:38 AM
There's only one school resource officer for the entire city. How is he supposed to handle every single school in the city?

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