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.
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Should state toughen anti-bullying laws after Belleville?

BY RICKEENA J. RICHARDS
News-Democrat
Illinois requires all school districts to have bullying policies, and it leaves the details of that policy up to local school boards.

But the Illinois State Board of Education is looking at addressing the lack of specifics with new legislation.

“The board has expressed in the past that they will likely seek legislation clarifying what needs to be in those bullying policies to give them more teeth, more specifics,” said Mary Fergus, a state board spokeswoman.
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Belleville bus attack: Suspect’s dad says son provoked

By Betsey Bruce
Excerpt from FOX2now.com
BELLEVILLE, IL (KTVI – FOX2now.com) – A decision over whether to expel two Belleville West High School students over repeatedly punching a third teen during a school bus trip could come as soon as next Monday. Belleville District 201 Supt. Greg Moats said Wednesday both students would get opportunities to tell their versions of what happened to a hearing officer. The hearing officer will then make a recommendation to the full school board.
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Belleville chief: Released video to enlighten community

BY MARIA BARAN
Excerpt from News-Democrat
BELLEVILLE, Illinois — The city’s police chief released the video of Monday’s school bus attack to send a message to the community.

“To show the kind of behavior to the public that we as a community should not tolerate,” said Chief William Clay of the 13-minute-long video that shows two Belleville West High School students punching and choking another student.

“Also to educate the children that were involved,” Clay said. “Although they were not assaulting the individual, they cheered it on.”
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