By Ray Hershel
CHICOPEE, Mass. (WGGB) — The Phoebe Prince tragedy has brought the school bullying issue front and center.
At Chicopee High School they’re taking a pro-active approach according to Principal Roland Joyal.
“We try and let everyone know if there are issues out there we want to come out openly, we’re not burying anything, there’s nothing swept under the rug here at Chicopee High School.”
Inside the high school there is a wall filled with no-bully pledges signed by students. In the cafeteria, notes are posted on the bulletin board with comments about bullying.
Students like Katelyn Nadeau are getting the message.
“If there is a lot of bullying we try to stop it but there really isn’t, everyone always speaks up.”
And for students like Raheem Kelly-Reid there is active involvement if they see bullying going on.
“I’m an open guy so I would try to stop it, and then if it continues I would definitely get a teacher involved and speak up.”
On Monday, there will be an anti-bullying and suicide prevention symposium. It will begin at 6:30 p.m., and be held at the Bellamy Middle School at 314 Pendleton Ave. The symposium is open to the public.