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Bullying is serious problem

Published 9:10am Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Right now, as you read this, a child is likely being bullied right here in Lawrence County. It happens every day and happens in every school district.

Shining a light on bullying in our community and in our schools can often be a painful process, as most self reflection is.

That makes it all the more important.

The Fairland School District is raising money to host an anti-bullying program called Rachel’s Challenge. It is named for Rachel Scott, the first victim of the Columbine High School shooting in 1999, the deadliest school shooting in our history until the recent Sandy Hook tragedy. While no one yet knows exactly what occurred in Newtown, Conn., bullying may have played a role at Columbine.

The Fairland District hopes to present these programs but are seeking financial support. Why don’t other schools get involved and form a partnership to make this affordable and reach as many students as possible?

Would organizers of the program be willing to work out an agreement to present multiple programs over a period of two or three days at a reduced cost?

We would think so.

Each school district could share the cost and there could be multiple programs at the schools and in the community for parents.

Bullying is an epidemic that eats at the fabric of our society. Working together we could bring this program to Lawrence County in the short-term and overcome this issue in the long-term.

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  • Poor Richard

    I would like to have some better school choices in this area such as Montessori schools. There are few alternative choices to public schools here, particularly for those parents that actually want their children to focus on academics and not football. This is probably why home-schooling has become more prevalent here – bullying of course being one reason, and poor academic programs another. The Ohio proficiency tests prove absolutely nothing and I think that is obvious in the lack of high school students that actually make it through college or even go in the first place.

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  • Dacryocystorhinostomy

    How come bullying is suddenly a problem? it’s been going on ever since there have been schools and children playing together.
    Years ago, the solution was simple-several kids who were bullied ganged up on the bully and tuned him up. they could do the same today.

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