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Jan 8, 2014 1:28 PM by Victoria Fregoso - MTN News

Anti-Bullying initiative in Billings schools sees results

BILLINGS - A new initiative for Billings School District 2 is producing results as parents and students come forward with information about specific bullying incidents.

The initiative, put in place this past November - "Stand With Us Against Bullying" - was creating after Superintendent Terry Bouck requested a stronger effort to curb bullying throughout the school district.

Eight reports of bullying were made to school officials since November. Of those, four were found to meet the district's standard of bullying. In such cases, the school district has taken disciplinary action.

Both students and parents now have easy access to a form that can be found on the school district website.

"We like the form," said Kathy Olson, Billings School District Two Executive Director of Leadership. "The form is providing a format for us to document and share back with the parents what happened, what was done as a result of their complaint of bullying."

Once turned in, that report is reviewed by administration and investigated. District officials believes this new initiative, although in its initial stages, is proving to be effective.

"I think the approach has to be multi-dimensional," Olson said. "One thing isn't going to do it. And I think it starts when children are very young, teaching them how to be respectful to other people and how to treat other people."

The district also uses education and anti-bullying awareness efforts to tackle the problem.

Olson also said in some cases, if parents are not satisfied with the district's ruling, an outside investigator is hired to look into the incident.

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