Woodland Elementary invites parents to help restructure bullying policies

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ELKHART, Ind. --- After Woodland Elementary students left class, Wednesday, 15 parents filed in – hoping to keep those children safe.

Woodland wrapped up its first of several bullying sessions, to help restructure disciplinary policies.

School officials asked us not to come into the meeting to respect parents request for privacy.

Most recently, bullying has become the center of attention for many Elkhart parents, after 12-year-old Rio Allred took her own life from constant teasing several weeks ago.

According to Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center, one out of every five students report being bullied.

But, the Elkhart Community School District only had two reports of physical bullying last school year, according to state data, which could show incidents are not being reported.

The district describes itself as a bully-free zone, with its own bullying prevention program.

Parents can anonymously report incidents through the districts online system here.

The school will be hosting another session tomorrow at 8 am. For those interested call 574-262-5578 to sign up.

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