School sexual assault prompts launch of online reporting


By ADAM EMERSON
The Tampa Tribune
TAMPA — It’s time to break the code of silence among students when it comes to bullying in Hillsborough County schools and schools must make sure adults are there to listen, school board members say. Board members spoke out tonight against the culture that keeps kids silent about the threats they face from their classmates or about the intimidation they witness against others.

Their discussion marked the first time they searched for such answers since news surfaced that a 13-year-old boy at Walker Middle School in Odessa was repeatedly bullied and sexually assaulted for months in his own school.

One way to overcome the silence, administrators say, is to encourage students to use a soon-to-be-launched Web page that enables them to anonymously report bullying. The site should be ready when school resumes in August. Full story.F

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