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Parents speak out on proposed anti-bullying policy

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 JACKSON, MS (WLBT) – The state legislature mandated in Senate Bill 2015 that all Mississippi school districts adopt a policy to address bullying.

Tuesday evening the Jackson Public School Board of Trustees heard from concerned parents on the topic.

The district has drafted a new anti-bullying policy which is outlined on its web site.

The board delayed discussions and voting on the anti-bullying policy.

It defines bullying and encourages students to report cases to school officials.

The officials will then be responsible for making sure the complaint is investigated.

Parents will also be notified.

Officials said the new policy is designed to make sure students know they're expected to report bullying.

"Bullying prevention policies really need to address the needs of children with special needs and that's not being addressed in this current policy draft. Right now it's not specific enough," said psychologist and J.P.S. Parent Dr. Joy Hogge.

"Our concern is when a policy is too vague implementation gets muddy, and kids are still not protected. It does not provide a thorough definition of how bullying is defined," said Thea Faulkner with Parents for Public Schools Greater Jackson.

"We agree that we needed to revisit it predicated on all of the interest that we've gotten through emails and telephone calls regarding this policy," said Board President Kisiah Nolan.

The board tabled the vote.

Parents hope they will review the anti-bullying policies of Broward County Florida and North Carolina before adopting one for the district.

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