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Rapid City School Board adopts new bullying policy

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The Rapid City School Board unanimously passes a new bullying policy at Thursday night's meeting.

 "The whole policy is new, but not that different from what we've done in the past," said Sheryl Kirkeby, Rapid City School Board President.

The previous bullying policy was nationally mandated a few years ago; but Kirkeby says this new policy incorporates a few important changes.

"We include cyber bullying, which is a very prevalent," said Kirkeby.

Kirkeby says this new policy applies to everyone; on school grounds and off.  It clearly defines bullying, cyber bullying, and has very serious consequences for the bullies.

"It is I believe a class one misdemeanor if you violate it. So not only can it be enforced in school, but it can be enforced through law enforcement too," said Kirkeby.

Kirkeby says the policy also has a proven track record and has worked for other school districts- including Sioux Falls.

So she believes it will work for Rapid City too.

But Lindsay Duhe, a mom, says while the change is good, there's still more that needs to be done.

"To have it on paper that's great, but the district needs to follow through," said Duhe.

Lindsay says her daughter Anna was constantly bullied at school and once she was jumped by six girls.

But Lindsay says even when they reported it, nothing was done.

"They sent my daughter to a bullying class saying she instigated the entire thing," said Duhe.

So Lindsay ultimately pulled Anna out of school and decided to home school her.

"I miss being with my friends. I think I'm running away from it all. But you have to take safety into consideration," said Anna.

Both Anna and her mom think the new policy is good; but say more has to be done to put a stop to bullying.

"Action needs to be taken because these kids who are bullying other kids aren't afraid," said Duhe.

The new bullying policy will be implemented in the upcoming school year.

 

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