Back-to-school: TUSD hosting bullying prevention forum

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Southern Arizona's largest school district plans to tackle the issue of bullying at a forum as it gets ready to kick off the school year.

IMPACT Tucson, hosted by the Tucson Unified School District, begins at 8 a.m. at Palo Verde High School on Saturday, July 28, and wraps up at 2 p.m.

Jimmy Hart is the co-coordinator of the event in conjunction with Tanisha Tatum. He said the focus will be on putting a stop to a problem that affects districts across the U.S., including TUSD.

Guest speakers will talk about ways to identify and report bullying.

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The district said resources include counselors with whom children can talk during the school year along with a hotline where they can report bullying.

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"Our counseling department has great resources in place where they will go into classrooms to talk with students about bullying and bullying prevention," Hart said.

The district also plans to dedicate a week in October, which is Bullying Prevention Month, to highlight the topic at its schools.

It's just continuing to educate our students about the idea of bullying. About multicultural education, about equity about we're all in this together," he said.

The district encourages students to report bullying.

"So many times people try to hold on to it or internalize it instead of reporting it, so we encourage students and families to please report bullying if they see it," Hart said.