Reality Check: Bullying a problem in Kentucky schools?

By: Brittany Pelletz Email
By: Brittany Pelletz Email

It's something that no parent can imagine happening at their child's school until it does.

With three students dead and two others injured, many are wondering how this could happen on a school campus. Many are also wondering if bullying lead to the deadly shooting in Ohio.

Jon Akers, the Executive Director with the Kentucky Center for School Safety says he is not convinced that bullying played a role in this particular shooting, but admits bullying has lead to this type of tragedy before.

Akers explains a school shooting could happen again here in Kentucky. He also says that we need to do a better job at looking for the warning signs,"In most of these school shootings throughout the United States, these are not random acts of violence. They are planned. "

There are proposed bills going before legislation right now in Kentucky, but Akers is not convinced that new anti-bullying laws would impact the problem,"I don't think you can legislate bullying out. No more than we can legislate speeding out. People still are speeding up and down the interstate."

Instead he says, children need to be educated about bullying right away,"I think where you can nip this problem or attempt to nip this problem in the bud is when the child is growing up at home, long before they hit the school doors. Parents need to be teaching them right from wrong."

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