A meeting was held in the MERMHS auditorium for parents about the growing problem of bullying, specifically cyber bullying.
Cyber bullying has been an epidemic since the growth of access to the internet. The “old ways of bullying are now shifting into this new era of cyber bullying and hurting feelings mentally, not physically as much” stated Essex Elementary guidance counselor Gillian Polk.
Katie Garvin, Manchester Elementary guidance counselor, worked with Polk to present a lesson on cyber bullying and how it worked, as well as to answer any questions that parents had. Accompany Polk and Garvin was the Elementary and Middle School principal Beth Raucci.
Since Massachusetts has issued a new anti-bullying law in all schools, police enforcement also attended the meeting to inform that it was now an offense that would be dealt with by the proper authorities. The school district is coming out with a new anti-bullying plan and it will be available online in the near future.
The reasons for bullying can vary from low self-esteem issues to having poor social skills. Whichever reason it is, the District hopes to work with local laws and rules to rid the schools of bullying and inform children on the negative impact it can have on everyone.