Program seeks to tackle bullying, mean behavior

Many parents and schools need help tackling bullying and mean behavior.

Fanchon Stinger

10:19 PM CDT, March 13, 2012



Many parents and schools need help tackling bullying and mean behavior. One thing students, parents and schools agree on is that the problem is getting more complex. Now, Fox59 and the Peace Learning Center are teaming up to do something about it.

Brodey Gregorey, 12, has been bullied.  He is just like every other child. He wants to belong,  be accepted and respected by his peers.

Most young people we talked to said they do have bullying issues their class needs to deal with and If your child has not been bullied, chances are he or she has still experienced mean behavior. 

Students, parents and schools agree what most schools are doing right now is not working.

"There’s not enough information out there for students, parents and schools to get help so we are establishing a center for excellence for anti-bullying education," said Tim Nation, Executive Director for the Peace Learning Center.

That means in addition to programming and education, they are establishing a common language, a common understanding, a common response and a process to end mean behavior and bullying.

National coach and expert Kimber Bishop Yankee has been brought in to train staff and partner organizations. She's giving them the curriculum and tools they need to teach students the skills to live empowered lives. She's also providing processes and procedures for parents and schools to work together establishing a behavior standard and reporting process to track it. 

The two-day training ended with a hands-on workshop for 5th and 6th-graders that reinforced why a well thought out and organized plan is imperative.

"Too many parents and teachers tell children to just ignore mean behavior and that's wrong. It's time to teach kids how to stand up for themselves, develop a positive voice, be confident and support each other in standing up for each other while sending the message that, 'I like myself and how you are treating me is wrong and needs to stop.'" said Nation.

Role playing these skills and teaching children how to be confident are life skills they will use into adulthood.

"I think this program is good and they should have more and it makes people realize how much this can affect someone. We`ve needed it for a long time.” said 12-year-old Broday.