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Cumberland school board adds to anti-bullying policy

Posted June 21, 2012

— The Cumberland County Board of Education has approved a measure aimed at strengthening the school system's anti-bullying rules.

Cumberland County Schools spokeswoman Patricia Hollingsworth said Thursday that the amendment to the student code of conduct encourages students and parents to report bullying incidents.

Under the policy, students who bully can be suspended on a first offense.

A second offense can lead to a longer suspension for elementary students and reassignment to an alternative school for middle and high school students.

Sarah Williams tells the Fayetteville Observer that she's glad to see the addition.

She says that her daughter was bullied and that nothing was done until she was beaten by three other girls. Williams says she is pressing charges against the girls.

Superintendent Frank Till Jr. says he can't talk about that case but hopes the addition to the policy will reduce bullying.


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  • ginlee00 Jun 21, 2012

    busyb97: If the policy makes it easier for the school to take action, it will be better than what we hwve now. It seems nowadays everything much be put in writing for there to be any recourse.

  • imsosorry Jun 21, 2012

    negative vs. bullying hmmm think thats two different things.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Jun 21, 2012

    out control is because there are no concecuenses for their actions.

    Exactly! Good comment.

  • ali817959 Jun 21, 2012

    The reason why bulling is now out control is because there are no concecuenses for their actions. Kids get in trouble, they get suspended, they get to stay home watching tv or playing.When I went to school you couldn't even think about getting in trouble. Because they took care of the problem at school and then when you got home. Now if you punish a kid they call the police on you.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Jun 21, 2012

    said that was bullying. LOL, even after the teacher agreed with her !


    Really! You still don't get the picture do you. It was a form of bullying. Suppose someone had said something negative or bullying to your child, could you have handled it? I doubt it when it becomes YOUR child.

  • imsosorry Jun 21, 2012

    My little 4th grader got suspended for calling another student a cry baby, they said that was bullying. LOL, even after the teacher agreed with her !

  • beaulahjackson4 Jun 21, 2012

    hdlnfo sounds like a perfect plan to me.

  • kermit60 Jun 21, 2012

    What about bullying that takes place after school or off school property?

  • busyb97 Jun 21, 2012

    The bullying should include ONLINE sources too...if one student harasses another online verbally or maliciously (aka- slander), then that should count.

  • promethazine codeine lover Jun 21, 2012

    first offense - 3 day suspension + meeting with all parties and administrators.
    second offense - 5 day suspension + required "bully awareness" classes with the parent attendance required.
    third offense - 10 day suspension + relocate to another school + possible fine (case by case) depending on the history of the first 2 offenses.