North Idaho schools start anti-bullying program

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by TAYLOR VIYDO & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on September 25, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 25 at 7:20 PM

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho -- School officials in Coeur d’Alene are taking the fight against bullying to the next level. The District announced it is working to start an anti-bullying program.

The District is bringing in an internationally known expert to address the issue of bullying in their schools. Some teachers said they see bullying too often.

“It’s infuriating to me and I really try to get to the bottom of it right away. We try to put a stop to it immediately but it doesn’t always happen. That’s why we’re really taking a huge stand in the district on this,” said Lake City High School Art Teacher, Pam Asher.

Grants from the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and the Kootenai County Electric Trust will help school officials bring in anti-discrimination expert, Steve Wessler, to look at the issue of bullying in schools.

The plan is to implement Wessler’s anti-bullying aimed at changing student culture. It includes student focus groups along with training school employees and resource officers.

“He sort of helps set a course, helps us dig deeper into the culture of the schools in a way that an outsider can do that an insider has more difficulty doing,” said Superintendent, Matt Handelman.

Wessler plans to visit schools in Coeur d’Alene for five days in October.

 

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