AMITE — The Tangipahoa Parish School Board unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday night condemning bullying in the parish’s schools.
The resolution, sponsored by board member Chris Cohea, is designed to help raise awareness of bullying in the schools, she said.
“So many kids are bullied and they don’t want to speak out,” Cohea said. “Other kids see it, too.”
Cohea said she hoped the resolution would encourage children who witness bullying to report it. Cohea said her concern had been spurred by reports of bullying at elementary schools in her district.
“One set of parents took a child to a counselor,” she said. Another child told someone of his intent to retaliate against a bully, and was reported and later suspended, Cohea said.
She wants kids to “be the one who stands up,” she said.
Cohea said one of her concerns was that bullying seems to be getting to be a problem earlier and earlier in students’ school careers.
The board’s vote to approve the resolution followed a presentation by the Tangipahoa Parish Federation of Teachers on bullying in schools.
As a result of the board’s action, all public schools in the parish will be sent materials prepared by the federation of Teachers.
The schools will be asked to teach a lesson using the materials on bullying on Oct. 12, which has been designated National Bullying Prevention Unity Day, Cohea said.
Other business coming before the board included:
DESEGREGATION REPORT: The board heard a presentation from new Chief Desegregation Implementation Officer Theresa Hamilton detailing progress at the parish’s 10 magnet programs which began in August.
The system has 554 magnet students parishwide, Hamilton said.
This was Hamilton’s first update to the board. She said she plans to give such briefings “every couple of months” from now on.