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South Hadley schools one step closer to having Anti-Bullying policy

by WGGB Staff

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (WGGB) — After many months of debate and discussion, the South Hadley School District is one step closer to having an anti-bullying policy.

Wednesday night, members of the district’s anti-bullying task force presented its final report to the South Hadley School Committee. 

School officials came under fire for not doing enough to prevent bullying when freshman Phoebe Prince hanged herself in January.  Authorities believe that she committed suicide after she endured relentless bullying from other students.

Superintendent Gus Sayer says that his hope is “that kids would realize that kids behavior they have to adhere to is not just relationships with adults but their relationships with other kids.”

“In the past what was happening, we treated cases individually.  Now we’ll have systematic procedures in place for collecting data responding as efficiently and effectively as we can,” said South Hadley High Principal Dan Smith.

The school committee is now looking over the report before making a final vote, which is expected to occur within the next month, so it could be implemented by the start of the 2010-2011 school year.

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