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JPS officials to tackle bullying, gang issues

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - As parents and teachers gear up for the upcoming school year, they're also getting ready to tackle some tough issues, including school bullying and gang activity.

Tuesday night, Jackson Public Schools will present a draft of its new anti-bullying policy during a 5:30 board meeting. It's asking concerned parents to read over the policy and voice their opinions.

It's designed to make sure students know they're expected to report bullying, and assure them something will be done about it.

The proposed policy is modeled after an anti-bullying policy at a school in Florida.

It strongly encourages students to report bullying to school officials. The complaint will be investigated, and parents will be notified.

The state of Mississippi has mandated that every school district in the state adopt an anti-bullying policy by December of 2010.

Wednesday, an FBI official familiar with JPS is scheduled to meet with school officials about the growing gang presence in Jackson middle and high schools.

Hinds County Youth Court Judge Bill Skinner said teachers need to be better trained to spot gang activity in schools in order to help curb the problem.

Experts estimate there are over 2,000 gang members in the Jackson metro area.

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