Co-Op Holds Anti-Bullying Workshop

July 28, 2003 - Posted at: 4:00 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, Ark. -- What can educators do to combat school bullies? That was the subject of a workshop hosted at the Arkansas State University Convocation Center Monday.

Bullies are no longer welcome on school campuses in Arkansas, after the General Assembly passed Act 681, requiring districts to adopt anti-bullying policies for its employees to follow.

"I think it's very prevalent," said teacher Marsha Lowery. "I think teachers need to be more aware of it, and intervene early."

The two-day seminar, put on by the Crowley's Rdige Education Co-operative, instructed educators on the background of Act 681, and offered examples to raise awareness of bullying in schools. It's been suggested that signs be placed in schools, in order for students to learn Bully Proofing Rules.

According to Lowery, students that get bullied don't perform as well in school.

"They get called names because of their shape and size, the clothes that they wear.

"Day after day they get picked on and it builds up and they get frustrated and angry."