TUSD looks to change how students who bully others are disciplined

Published: Aug. 25, 2016 at 8:32 AM MST|Updated: Aug. 25, 2016 at 10:21 AM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Tucson Unified School District governing board has proposed some changes on how students are disciplined if they are caught bullying other students.

The changes were presented at their board meeting on Tuesday, August 23.

According to Board President Adelita Grijalva, students caught bullying others face some type of suspension, but some educators don't think it's fixing the problem.

Depending on the situation, they would like to see the students involved in the situation sit down with a mediator and talk out their issues.

If the student's safety is in danger, however, that would not be an option.

Grijalva added they are also looking at implementing programs to work with the bully to find out what's the root of their anger.

The proposed change comes after hearing feedback from an event TUSD held in July which helped parents and students address some issues when it comes to bullying.

Impact Tucson taught parents and students about ways to handle bullying, and worked with students about what behavior is appropriate and what is not.

"Let's not pretend that bullying is not as serious or it is just part of being a teenager," said Damond Holt, organizer of Impact Tucson. "You hear all these different things, so that's what I wanted to do with Impact Tucson, be this community platform. We can come together and deal with tough issues and talk about those things."

Holt hopes to have another Impact Tucson event later this year to keep the conversation going.

The proposed changes by the governing board has several steps to go through before they are approved.

If a parent thinks their child is being bullied,  educators encourage them to talk their school's principal.

If they believe nothing is being done, they can talk to the superintendent.

For a look at Sunnyside Unified School District's Code of Conduct, click here: http://bit.ly/2bkZt5y and here: http://bit.ly/2bz8fRc

For a look at Amphi School District's Code of Conduct, click here: http://bit.ly/2biIlR4

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