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Anthony Wayne Schools adopt new anti-bullying program this year

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The Anthony Wayne Generals head back to class Thursday.

Students are looking forward to a lot of new things this year, including the district taking on a tough issue that has affected many families: bullying.

In the past, the district has been criticized for not dealing with a bullying issue, but this year they are starting a new program to encourage positive behavior.

"We are focusing on ‘be respectful, be responsible, be safe,'" said Bethany Smith, principal at Monclova Primary. "And for each setting in our building we are going to teach them what it looks like."

The school district is under scrutiny this year after a little girl with Progeria was bullied.  This year she and her family moved to a new school district to feel safe. 

Superintendent Jim Fritz says a new program called Positive Behavior Intervention System (PBIS) has now been adopted

"PBIS is something we were talking about before the issues in spring," Fritz said. "We spent some time last year looking at what can we do to help students to make the right choices."

Also new this year: a greater emphasis on drug and alcohol abuse.  New drug tests will be in place for students who participate in extracurricular activities and who drive to school.  Another resource available to parents will be an outside counseling service to deal with substance abuse issues and mental illness.

Students can also expect to see more computers and tablets.  Old technology is being replaced with new, helping to integrate a different kind of learning in the classroom.

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