Pilot program to tackle bullying in schools reduced reports of bullying by 40 percent

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Parents of middle school students in New Hanover County can expect to get a survey at the start of the 2018-2019 school year as part of an effort to tackle bullying.

New Hanover County Schools was awarded a $1.5 million grant for anti-bullying training and support at five district middle schools.

Participating schools are Murray, Myrtle Grove, Trask, Holly Shelter, and Williston.

NHCS is partnering with the National School Climate Center and Facing History and Ourselves on this project.

"There's two distinct, different ways we're going to spend that money," explained Kristin Jackson, Director of Student Support Services at New Hanover County Schools. "The first is looking at whole school climate. The schools that are involved are going to be involved through the National School Climate Center. They will do school surveys and get some ideas from the kids. The second one is actually where we go in and do some lessons with the kid in science, social studies, even language arts about bullying so they take the content and they connect it to the bullying content."

Jackson said one other district in the U.S. tried the program as a pilot and reports of bullying were reduced by 40 percent.

She hopes it will be just as successful in New Hanover County Schools.

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