A handful of Rockford school district parents and their kids want administrators to look for the signs when it comes to bullying. They've taken to the picket lines, making their stories heard.
Rockford students of all ages and all schools share their experiences with bullying. Some say they're called mean names, others claim they've been hurt physically and a couple say they've actually had their lives threatened by bullies. No matter what's happening, these kids say it all hurts the same. They and a few of their parents protested outside of District #205 headquarters before heading into Tuesday's School Board meeting. Their signs display messages like "No Bully Zone" and "Stop Bullying in RPS 205." Gretchen Beaman headed up Tuesday's protest. Her daughter, Alannah, goes to Rolling Green Elementary School. Alannah has a stutter and her mom says she's made fun of for it. Gretchen and other Rolling Green parents, fighting for their kids, demand change from administrators. They want to see administrators actually taking action and more severe punishments for bullies. Superintendent Dr. Robert Willis says District #205 has zero tolerance for bullying and that school principals are in charge of disciplining bullies. He adds that just because a student doesn't know about his or her bully being punished, doesn't mean punishment isn't taking place. By law, administrators are not allowed to talk to other kids about an individual's discipline.
Dr. Willis says he'll be looking into bullying issues at Rolling Green and following up with the parents who attended Tuesday's protest.
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