Area students proactive in fight against bullying

Christopher Golden

Christopher Golden is among area students pledging to help stop bullying. Golden signed the "Hyper Bully Defense Pledge" as a student at Trinity Martial Arts in Chipley.

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Published: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 03:44 PM.

The school year is coming to an end in Holmes and Washington counties, but local students and officials say they will continue to step up efforts to combat bullying beyond the spanse of the academic year.

"Cyber bullying is one of the most difficult issues we deal with in the schools today," said Holmes County Superintendent of Schools Eddie Dixon. "It can occur anywhere and at any time of day. Our teachers and administrators are continuously reminded of the dangers of cyber bullying in an effort to keep all Holmes County students."

Holmes County schools have begun reserving a week in the Spring to show age appropriate videos to all students and teachers about the dangers of cyber bullying.

"This week is promoted on our website and on posters in the schools," he said. "(Bullying) is also addressed in our policies, code of conduct book, website, and personnel handbook. We have an anonymous online form available to report bullying and cyber bullying and tips available for students and parents on how to handle and prevent all forms of bullying."

Holmes County schools have also teamed up with the Holmes County Sheriff's Office in preventing cyber bullying, which hosted a student created video contest initiated by School Resource Officer Greg Johnson.  "Our students were very creative in conveying a positive message preventing cyber bullying," said Dixon.

Holmes County Sheriff Tim Brown says prevention and education is a key priority for his office.

"The Legislature has addressed cyber bullying and is awaiting the vote for the law to pass," said Brown.

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