October is Bullying Awareness
Month, and one local district has several programs to raise awareness and
tackle the issue.
On the second week of school
at Fassett Junior High in Oregon, a program was started called Challenge Day.
The program was implemented after the reconfiguration of Eisenhower and Fassett
The schools used to be rivals,
with the seventh and eighth grades combine, there is no more competition. The
Challenge Day program informs students and staff of bullying and the various
forms it may take.
There are also signs posted
around the school, reminding students that the school is bully-free.
"It is very important to teach
kids that if they are being bullied, or if they have witnessed others being
bullied, to bring it forward to either an adult or anyone that they think can
help them," said Principal Becci Bihn.
The district also has a
website where students can anonymously report any bullying.