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August 25, 2013

AHS anti-bullying task force working on empowering students

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People make fun of what they don’t understand, he said, but if they just took the time to “get to know people and who they are, you might like them.

”We need to individualize it (the approach to bullying) and pinpoint what we need to do and, in lack of better words, hit it head-on,” he said.

With the rise of social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram, cyber-bullying has become a national problem that students at Anderson High School report as being the biggest issue. If it starts on school grounds, it will be disciplined, Thompson said.

Because technology is so popular among teens today, Maj. Brian Bell of the Madison County Sheriff’s Department suggested setting up a text messaging account for students to use in reporting incidents. It was one of multiple suggestions.

Anderson High Schools’ anti-bullying task force has drafted its belief statements and will continue to work to meet the Oct. 15 deadline.

Some snippets from Anderson High School's student bullying survey: 34 percent of students see an average of one to two bullying incidents per week 68 percent reported that they have not intervened in conflicts that could become physical 35 percent report cyber-bullying as the top form of bullying at AHS 83 percent have never reported bullying 60 percent said most of the bullying occurs on the buses 63 percent feel they know a person they can report bullying to 87 percent do not consider themselves bullies 32 percent said it isn't right to pass judgement on individuals because everyone is different

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