Give Now

Board Members Preach Zero Tolerance on Bullying

Following allegations of sexual abuse at Penn State and Syracuse Universities, MCCSC wants to enact a zero-tolerance policy regarding bullying and harassment.

MCCSC Leaders

Photo: Ben Skirvin/WFIU News

The MCCSC School Board discussed policies on bullying at Monday's board meeting.

Following allegations of sexual abuse at Penn State and Syracuse Universities, some members of the Monroe County School Corporation’s board want to enact a zero-tolerance policy regarding bullying and harassment.

While the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says incidents of child sex abuse have decreased more than 60 percent over the past two decades, MCCSC Director of Student Services Becky Rose says the school corporation has seen an increase over the last three years.

“It’s the students that need to look out for one another, so part of the training for students is going to involve teaching them what the different positions are of bullying,” Rose says. “If they’re a bystander, a bully, or a victim and then how can they respond if they’re in any of those positions.”

MCCSC Board Member Kelly Smith says as a parent and board member, he advocates a zero tolerance approach to claims of student intimidation.

“I think it’s very important that we empower students and children to come to an adult someone that they trust, to say what I’m experiencing is not comfortable to me,” he says. “I don’t like it, I feel threatened whatever it may be.”

Smith says such a policy must first must be well-defined. Staff are currently focusing on intervention and prevention methods. Rose says athletic and extra-curricular staff have already undergone additional training.

Shameka Neely

Shameka Neely, a native of Nashville, Tennessee enthusiastically joined WTIU as Senior Reporter/ InFocus Producer in the news department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Corporate Communication, with a minor in Marketing and Masters of Arts Degrees' in Administrative Dynamics and Communication all from Western Kentucky University. Shameka also holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University.

View all posts by this author »

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Indiana Public Media News:

Support For Indiana Public Media Comes From

Search News

Stay Connected

RSS e-mail itunes Facebook Twitter Flickr YouTube

Follow us on Twitter

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Indiana Public Media News:

Recent Politics Stories

Recent Videos

Find Us on Facebook