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Kentucky Safe Schools Week set for Oct. 20–26 as part of Bullying Prevention Month

October is Bullying Prevention Month, and this year Kentucky Safe Schools Week is focusing on kindness, unity and empathy. Kentucky Safe Schools Week is set for Oct. 20–26. This year’s theme is “Our Safety Story!” and the Kentucky Center for School Safety stands on the belief that everybody should enjoy school equally and be treated with respect. Community members, educators, students and...

School districts across state scrambling to deal with outbreak of threats; ‘There’s no textbook for this’

By Madelynn Coldiron Special to KyForward Burgin Independent, a tight-knit, single-building school district of just over 500 students, is an unlikely target for a threat. So it surprised Superintendent Martha Collier when students reported a scrawled general threat in a boys restroom stall at the end of the school day, Oct. 21. What surprised her even more was when she learned that a couple of other...

Newly created task force ready to tackle bullying in schools; first meeting scheduled

The Kentucky Youth Bullying Prevention Task Force will hold its first meeting Oct. 22, beginning its work to study bullying in schools and recommend practices and policies to help foster safer, harassment-free school environments.   The meeting will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, in the Auditorium Room A-3 at the Kentucky State Office Building, 501 High St., in Frankfort.   “Bullying...

Lean On Me: Anti-bullying month reminds us that ‘sometimes in our lives we all have pain’

This is the theme of this year’s Kentucky Safe Schools Week the third week of October. October is now Kentucky Anti-Bullying Awareness Month as well. (Photo from KYCSS)   Former teacher Karen McCuiston hopes everyone’s “eyes will be so opened” in October during Kentucky’s anti-bullying awareness month that organizational cultures, where needed, change from ones of...