Belleville West plans meetings to battle bullying


BY RICKEENA J. RICHARDS
News-Democrat
BELLEVILLE, Illinois — Two informational meetings about bullying and how to stop it will be held at Belleville West High School.

“It’s about pulling everybody together and everybody working together to help us grow,” Principal Bob Dahm said of the school’s Students and Teachers Offering Protection, or STOP, program.

A public meeting for parents and others will be held at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 6 in the school’s performing arts center. Christy Cerminn, West’s social worker, said the meeting is not limited to Belleville West parents.

“Let’s let our parents and community know what we’re doing at school and what we’re about,” Cerminn said of the meeting’s purpose.

In addition, an informational meeting for West students was scheduled for after school Tuesday. Cerminn said while the meeting would be open to all students interested in participating in the program, faculty advisors will be selecting students to undergo training to be peer mediators.

Dahm said the peer mediators’ role will not be intervention but to “be the eyes and the ears and maybe be a good mentor for other students.” Full story.

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