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Pasco launches anti-bullying website

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Bullying is no doubt a problem for our kids. In school, online -- it's everywhere.

But the Pasco County School District is trying to make it easier for kids, parents or teachers to report bullying they see or hear about.

The district's website has always had a way to report bullying, but the link wasn't easy to find.

Now graphic of a red stop sign is on their main page, with the words "Report Bullying" next to it, to offer a quicker way to report a problem.

"We want it to be prominent on our website. When people go to our website we want them to see we are serious about stopping the bullying. It's starting to be more of a problem, " said Linda Cobbe, communications director for Pasco County Schools.

The link takes you to one of three options.You can report an incident to Crime Stoppers. That will send a complaint directly to the sheriff's office and to the principal at the school where the victim goes.

Another link allows you to print out a Bullying and Harassment Report form that can then be taken directly to the school.

The last link takes you to a list of every principal and their school. Parents can call principals directly.

Students say it's a great idea.

At Centennial Middle School, they have something called the "Cyclones Peace Zone Club." We spoke to three members of it: Tatijana Tijerina, Drawan Clarke and Deetta Lurcock. They fight against bullies, not with their fists, but with their actions.

"We work to make leaders. We have students who are leaders, who are willing to stand up and tell a student, that's not the right behavior," said Drawan Clarke.

His principal tells us Drawan has actually stopped two fights by just talking to students and telling them to break it up.

Tatijana says she was bullied in elementary school. But she realized the bully just got amused by teasing her and she began ignoring her.

Now at 14 years old, Tatijana isn't shy to stand up to anyone treating another person badly.

"For the people who call you a snitch, you're not a snitch, you're actually a hero, because you're stopping something. You're preventing someone from being hurt," she explains.

The students think it will be used, because many students want to stay anonymous.

"You wont' have to be faced with the fact you might get caught in the office and people around to see you snitch, you are able to go on your phone or laptop or computer and do it at home and tell"

Centennial MS also keeps bully boxes around the school. They are essentially small boxes that hang on walls, that any student can put a note in, letting staff know about a bullying incident.

Here is a link to the Pasco County Schools website: http://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/

 

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