Hazard Police say cyber bullying on the rise in eastern Kentucky

By: Morgan Lentes Email
By: Morgan Lentes Email

HAZARD, Ky (WYMT) - With the rise of social media, there has also been an increase in cyber bullying and eastern Kentucky is not immune.

We all know high school can be tough, especially when someone seems to have it out for you. At Hazard High School in Perry County, Instructional Discipline Leader Denise Combs said their approach to all forms of bullying leaves little room for problems to appear.

"Every once and a while we have to deal with this, but I think the fact that we do not tolerate it. It kind of keeps it out of here," said Combs.

Kids used to only have to worry about bullying on school grounds but now, thanks to easy access to the Internet, educators tell WYMT that attacks are following students home.

"Used to be if people had something then they had a word at school or you know, physically. They would fight or argue face to face and they did not carry it on in the cloud," said Combs.

Hazard Police Chief Minor Allen knows that all too well.

"As technology and stuff has progressed so has the means and the methods of this kind of activity. It is more prevalent now than any other form of bullying," said Allen.

He said more and more the law is forced to get involved.

"Kids can be vicious to one another at times, you know, some of the stuff I have seen over the recent years is just terrible, the way they talk and treat each other," said Allen.

Denise Combs added that a zero tolerance policy at the high school allows her students to avoid the hurt associated with cyber attacks.

"We can kind of curtail it that way without really getting involved with what is on their cell phone and what is on their computer," said Combs.

Chief Allen said the best advice for kids is to remember the old adage about "sticks and stones".

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