Mass. school district to monitor effectiveness of anti-bullying policy


By Jeanette DeForge
The Republican
CHICOPEE, Mass. — The School Committee has modified its bullying policy slightly to ensure prevention programs are monitored for effectiveness.

Chicopee joined a number of school committees across the region in reviewing anti-bullying policies after 11-year-old Carl J. Walker- Hoover, a sixth-grader at Springfield’s New Leadership Charter School, committed suicide in April. His mother claimed he had endured constant harassment by schoolmates that was not addressed by school administrators.

The Chicopee policy bans any type of harassment of students and explains students can report problems to teachers and administrators. Full story.

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