DAYKIN -- Meridian Public Schools has created a new way to combat bullying this year with an online bullying form.
“We felt we needed a way for students and parents to inform us of bullying issues immediately,” principal Bobby Kelley said. “Many times we would get phone calls from parents telling us that their child was bullied, and it would be days later.”
Bullying is consistent, ongoing behavior intended to hurt someone.
Parents can access the form, created using Google forms, from Meridian’s website. The immediacy of the forms allows Kelley to take care of the problems quickly.
“Since this is new this year, our main goal has been to get people aware that this option is available to them,” Kelley said. “We have had a few forms submitted, but it's not being used to its fullest potential at this point in time.”
At this time, Beatrice Middle School does not use an online form. Parents and students can contact the administration or counselors with problems. On the internet, they can send private messages to school resource officer Zac Lauenstein on his Facebook page.
Recently, middle school students in Beatrice have been reporting more bullying. Principal Randall Schlueter attributes this to the counselors' increased presence in the classrooms working with students on bullying.
Meridian also uses Google forms for several managerial things such as sub-request, detention notices, office referrals, homework hours, and bullying reports.
“Our district has been very progressive with technology and using Google forms has been a goal,” Kelley said. “This has allowed us to cut down on our use of paper and allowed me to get to them immediately.”