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Clay County schools put a stop to bullying

By: Rebekah Pewitt Email
By: Rebekah Pewitt Email

Members of the clay county board of education are taking extra steps
to keep bullying out of schools.

Board officials have partnered with the Manchester police department to cut down on the number of violent acts in schools.

“A lot of kids think bullying is physical and it’s not it’s war of words also, and media is a big deal at this age with facebook and those things,” said Clay County Middle School Principal Steve Burchfield.

This includes an officer on duty 24 hours a day, and documenting all reports or complaints of bullying.

They will also create new lock down drill scenarios.

The partnership will feature a mental health division with an officer assigned to each school.

“Those officers are going to work with children that are either victims or ones that are just having other problems, and they're going to be there not as a police officer but as a person the child can look up to,” said SRO officer Gary Harris.

“[We want] to use that partnership to the fullest and to change the perception that children have about law enforcement,” said Assistant Superintendent Amon Couch.

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