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Kansas Law Requires Schools to Include Parents in Bullying Polices

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Parent bullies will now be held accountable thanks to a Kansas law. The Pittsburg School District will vote to include parents in it's bullying policy at it's board meeting at 6 PM on Monday.

Schools across the country have been dealing with bullying for years.  Whether it be student on student or involving teachers and social media; most schools have a policy to help prevent it. But now a new law in the state of Kansas will see parents added to the list of possible offenders. 

"Emotions always run high when it comes to what someone may deem as a bullying situation," said the Assistant Superintendent of USD 250 Brian Biermann.  

Biermann says bullying can be defined in a lot of different ways. The addition of parents to the new statewide bullying policy in Kansas means that now, in addition to students and school staff, parents too can be held accountable for bullying.   

"With a parent being aggressive or maybe possibly exhibiting any bullying than we investigate that," Biermann said. 

According to the Pittsburg School District, bullying at USD 250 is taken very seriously, and it takes every allegation on a case by case basis.  

"There are so many different gray areas never is a situation black and white, especially with a very emotional issue like bullying," Biermann said.

The new policy will mean that parents found to be bullying students, or school employees, may be banned from school property and functions. And most parents we spoke with seem to think the move is a good one for Kansas schools. 

"If parents are prohibited from going on school grounds if they are caught bullying other students or other parents than I think that makes a lot of sense," said USD 250 parent Julie Laverack.

"I don't see this as a problem in Pittsburg, I've been here a while and I haven't seen anything like this, but I think it's nice to have a formalized policy, I've seen instances of this in other districts," said USD 250 parent Abigail Fern. 

"It's interesting to know that we're going to be holding the parents a little bit more accountable and I think that's really what should be done," said USD 250 parent Michelle Graham.

But the District says open communication with parents will be the first step in implementing this policy, and when possible meetings and conflict resolution will always trump banning parents from school property. 

To read a full copy of the proposed new policy at USD 250, click here. 

 


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