SPARTA, Wisconsin (WXOW)-- The Sparta School District is considering new ways to prevent bullying after an incident involving a teenage boy on a school bus in February.
Police say the 13-year-old victim told officers he was teased about a stain on his shirt and eventually the altercation turned physical. A 12-year-old suspect now faces charges in juvenile court.
Tuesday night, bullying was the first item on the agenda for the school board's personnel and initiatives committee. The meeting wasn't about the incident that occurred, but rather suggestions to help with the problem in the future. Still, the public did get to weigh in and one of the speakers the mother of the victim. She suggested monthly or quarterly surveys that students can take anonymously about bullying in schools and on busses.
Since the incident, the district has reviewed bus conduct with students and reviewed videos from busses weekly. The district is also starting a volunteer bus monitor program.
All of the suggestions from Tuesday's meeting will be referred to the district's bullying reduction committee.
"I'm hoping that it will go back to the bullying committee because they have some new ideas," said Joan Cook, chair of the personnel and initiatives committee. "I certainly understand why everyone is concerned. It's a community issue. They say it takes a community to teach a child, it also takes a community to end bullying."
Parents at Tuesday's meeting also want the documentary 'The Bully Effect' shown in classrooms. All these efforts will be coordinated through that bullying committee. The next meeting for that committee is on March 22. The public is encouraged to attend.
If you want more information about bullying policies or for meeting times and locations you can log on to the district's website.
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