Parents Against Bullying, an informal group that meets to discuss what parents and other can do about bullying in the schools, wants to make presentations on their findings and their conclusions to the Parker Town Council and the CRIT Tribal Council in September. The group, which is led by Ruthie Davis and Tracy McConnell held their monthly meeting Aug. 27 at the Parker Public Library.
One of the things the group will be presenting to the councils are a list of incidents of bullying compiled by their members. Davis said they want the council members to know what’s going on in the schools.
The group began meeting earlier this year. At the Aug. 27 meeting, several participants voiced their concerns over incidents of bullying at the Parker schools. The consensus was that bullying was at its peak during the junior high years.
Davis said she knew students who were freshmen at Parker High School who were thrilled that the bullying they received in junior high was over.
“What does that tell you about bullying in junior high?” she asked.
Other participants spoke of inconsistent penalties for bullying. One parent said students are afraid to stand up for others who are being bullied because they’re afraid they’ll be punished, too.
One of the comments heard was that many students lack empathy for others, especially at the junior high level. Others remarked that parents won’t become involved with their children, and there’s not much the schools can do. Another comment was that making up excuses for bullying students (mental health, issues at home) doesn’t do that student or the students being bullied any good.
McConnell said LePera Elementary School has the best set-up she’s seen of the local schools when it comes to dealing with bullying. Their policy states plainly the consequences for specific acts of bullying.
“The kids know exactly what will happen,” she said.
McConnell said the Lake Havasu Unified School District has an extensive anti-bullying policy on their website.
Some of the participants remarked that the schools have done a good job when incidents of bullying are reported to them.
Davis and McConnell asked parents at the meeting to fill out forms listing specific incidents of bullying. They said those would be included in the presentations to the town and tribal councils.
The group also extended invitations to the Parker Town Council, the CRIT Tribal Council, the La Paz County Board of Supervisors and the Governing Board of the Parker Unified School District to attend their meetings. The next meeting was set for 5:30 p.m., Sept. 25 at the Parker Public Library.