New Ohio Bullying Bill

By: Brittany Lowe Email
By: Brittany Lowe Email

Protecting Students. A new Ohio House Bill has passed through both the House and Senate after bullying led to an Ohio student taking her own life.

Jessica Logan took her own life after being continuously bullied in 2008.

"Bullying is a very specific thing. It's not just a single act it's a repeated acts of intimidation over time," says Belpre City Schools Superintendent Tony Dunn.

Intimidation that led to Jessica Logan's death and to a new bill passed by Ohio lawmakers.

Schools attack bullying with zero tolerance.

"We already take a very hard stance with regards to bullying and intimidation," continues Dunn.

A hard stance much like at Belpre City Schools-- the new bill requires parents to know about the bullying.

"We investigate every incident, we report to parents when those things happen so if we have kids that are in conflict with one another then we get ahold of both sets of parents and then we try to get to a resolution," explains Dunn.

Today's high tech world lets bullying spread from the homeroom to just plain old home.

"It's quite a challenge when things happen outside of school many people would like to claim that that's not a school issue but when issues happen in the neighborhoods they often bleed into the school day and cause conflicts at school," says Dunn.

Those who already enforce the new requirements say this is a step in the right direction.

"Even though there are lots of hoops to jump through with this policy I think it does a good job of putting to the forefront the fact that human beings sometimes intimidate one another and it's not good practice," explains Dunn.

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  • by Mike Location: Belpre on Jan 15, 2012 at 06:11 PM
    Dr. Dunn at Belpre cannot control anything that happened in the past since this is his first year on the job. My experience with Mr Dunn has been very positive and if someone has an issue it is handled promptly.
  • by Amanda on Jan 14, 2012 at 07:20 AM
    I would just like to say that IM FED UP WITH people like FEDUPWITHIT! this story, is talking about people like you! Do you know the girl on her that you say can't spell and has horrible grammar? I know I don't! And even if I did, that's not something you should say! That hurts feelings!!!
    Aside from that, I know people that have learning disabilities! That's not their fault!!! Now, some people are passionate about teaching those with learning disabilities and some people are not! It's just like any other job in have those that do their job, and those that dont! I went to belpre school....I was bullied bad! I wasn't a part of any circle of friends, and my family didn't have a lot back then, and I wasn't really in any sports. My grades were good....but I was bullied, but upper class men! I was bullied, and drug down the hallway by a boy older than me, teachers stood in the doorway and watched! I didn't fight back, I couldn't, I was on my back, and I got suspended because of something made up! And that was later proven!!!! Now my little girl goes to belpre. In 1st grade, a boy slammed her head off the wall. That same boy, punched her in the stomach, and that same boy twisted her arm behind her back until she cried. The teacher didn't like nothing was done until I went in and showed the principal what it felt like to be bullied. hhis year, there is a new principal! My daughter was coming home daily crying because of the things a little boy was saying to her, that I'm not even going to repeat!!!! I went and talked to Mr. Boyce about it, and it was taken care of right away!!! If your child goes to belpre, and is bullied, I encourage you to talk to the principal! He has kids of his own, and he will not tolerate children being bullied once he is made aware of it, and made aware that you are one of those parents that will fight for your child!!!
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      by fedupwiththesetup on Jan 15, 2012 at 05:55 AM in reply to Amanda
      Not meant to be directed toward Sarah P.. An observation of education today. Passing students through the system unprepared to cope, earn a living,or defend themselves. Perhaps you and she sould begin a class-action against Belpre B.O.E.
  • by Linda Location: City on Jan 13, 2012 at 10:15 AM
    This is not a new problem. I am 50 years of age, and kids were bullied when I was in school. Nothing was done then, either. I wasn't bullied by other kids, but by teachers. I was small and not even close to an A student. I wanted so bad to do as well as other kids, but when I tried to talk to a teacher about it, I was dismissed. Fast forward to adulthood: Bullying is not just a school problem. I am an adult, and I have been bullied by a kid who used to live in the neighborhood, and her mother!! I even had a "friend" who is a bully. Finally, I stood up for myself and it was one of the hardest things I have ever done. Once I started telling others, I found out I am not alone, by this particular person, who still bullies others--but no longer bullies me. You have to speak up and stand firm--it's not easy.
  • by anon Location: belpre on Jan 13, 2012 at 08:34 AM
    Belpre has a bullying law? Lol when I contacted the school the secretary informed me they only have it in the elementry school. My granddaughter was bullied for years in that school. She was called names on the bus on the way to school and back. First a girl would kick her every day and when they got in a real fight they punished her for fighting back. Some boys took her books I had to call the principal to get them back. Her phone was stolen knew who done it nothing was done. The next year a girl spit in her eye she did nothing for fear of getting in trouble. The following year the same gir got in her face she shoved her back not on the ground just back and the girl beat her up broke her glasses on her face and gave her a concussion. She got two days in marietta school the girl got three. We went to the principal called the superintendent, went to the police nothing. Get real. We pulled her out of the school. My granddaughter had thought about suicide. Some of the teachers even treated her bad I was told by other children in her class. Come on whats it going to take Mr. Dunn for you to stand up for the children and do something. I never thought I would see the day Belpre schools were so bad.
  • by Big Willie on Jan 13, 2012 at 06:08 AM
    It all falls back on the lazy teachers. Its easier to ignore and hope the problem goes away on its own. Want proof? Look at the spelling in some of these comments. Teachers are over paid
  • by Ang Location: Belpre on Jan 13, 2012 at 05:30 AM
    My child has attended Belpre City Schools for the past 11 years and that school is a "Bully Nightmare" Nobody does a thing about it. Nine times out of ten the victim is the one punished when they have had enought and decide to fight back. It is a shame that things have been ignored and allowed to get so out of control. I agree that it does start at home and more kids need to start standing up for those being bullied. I have taught my child to treat others with respect and to take up for others, not degrade them and beat them up. Belpre City Schools "No Bullying Policy" is a joke, unfortunately for our children who have to deal with it every day f their lives.
  • by A MOM THAT CARES Location: WARREN on Jan 13, 2012 at 05:22 AM
    This is why I home school my son, plus they quit busing the kids. To stop bullies starts at home my son was bullied for about four years by neighbor hood kids he ended up with abroken nose and had to be put to sleep to fix it. I could have made the parents pay for it but I'm the better person I have health insurance that covered it. My point is this childs mother was a bully also so our kids are taught from us the parents. So parents grow up and teach our children the right way to act.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 13, 2012 at 01:35 AM
    bullying is not just other kids, sometimes the teacher is just as bad. the people in charge dont care, they pretend they do, but they never do anything, that is why i homeschool.
  • by anonymus Location: ohio on Jan 13, 2012 at 12:40 AM
    you all might as well face it the schools don't get involved. and they won't until some poor child that has been pushed to the very end and comes to school with a gun and shoots the known bully and many other innocent children in the process then and only then will the state step in and get it under control. what a shame and i assure you none of the faculties children would be harassed.
  • by Sarah Posey Location: 833 Florence Belpre Ohio on Jan 12, 2012 at 08:20 PM
    I attend Belpre high school and last year I was a victim of this and I went too teachers, prencibals an Mr Tony Dun an guess what they did nething, I was hurashed for almost that hole school year me an my parents even went too a bored meeting with photos of my face all brused up they looked at us and said well are you aware we have a program to teatch kids about it at the elamentry, so what it happens at the high school an omg you should hear some of the elamentry kids on bus two they cuss up a storm an that is just bad parenting this bill will not fix the problem any way it has started to victimize me once agin this year so if you care help put a stop too it and don't go too teachers or even Mr Tony Dun they can't help only parents can that's what I did an it turns out that me and one of the girls are Carey close now as friends she was a victim too , if you ask me the school system sucks and it will never get any better in till parents wake up and start getting invalved more so don't just watch it happen help put a stop too it now when you can you could save meAny lives by just doing that.
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      by fedupwiththesetup on Jan 13, 2012 at 09:51 AM in reply to Sarah Posey
      First you need to sue the school for malpractice and breech of duty, I realize you probably typed this in a hurry, but your spelling and grammer are horrible. Sue for a half a million to support yourself til you can be remedeated and continue your education elsewhere.
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        by frank on Jan 13, 2012 at 02:15 PM in reply to fedupwiththesetup
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          by fedupwiththesetup on Jan 15, 2012 at 05:59 AM in reply to frank
          the only way to hold B.O.E accountable is with a legal action. Or you could vote in a whole new board
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