Two members of an anti-bullying group invited the Governing Board of the Parker Unified School District to attend their meetings. Ruthie Davis and Tracy McConnell of Parents Against Bullying extended the invitation at the school board’s Sept. 11 meeting at Parker High School.

Davis told the board she was concerned about bullying because she is a mother and grandmother. She said the group was formed because the parents wanted to do something about bullying in the schools. They meet every month at the Parker Public Library to share experiences and ideas.

“The parents aren’t pointing fingers,” Davis said. “They’re just concerned.”

McConnell said she had children at Wallace Junior High and she was worried about them. One of the things she said the schools needed to do was make sure the consequences for bullying would be the same for all students.

Davis and McConnell said the bullying incidents appear to peak in the junior high years. They said they hear more complaints about Wallace Junior High than any other school.

In addition to extending the invitation to the members of the school board, Parents Against Bullying also wants to make presentations to the Parker Town Council and the Colorado River Indian Tribes’ Council.

Davis and McConnell spoke in Call to the Audience, and, by state law, the board members were not permitted to respond.

The next meeting of Parents Against Bullying will be at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25 at the Parker Public Library.


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