Battling bullying: Schools take common-sense approach to issue


Tribune photo by Aaron Piper/ Students at Seymour Middle School crowd onto the floor to hug a single student who said that they felt outcast by peers during a Call Me Jim anti-bullying workshop in early 2013.

Tribune photo by Aaron Piper/ Jim Williams speaks with students at Seymour Middle School about the effects bullying can have on an individual earlier this year. William's program covered the four basic needs that he feels each student needs to motivate their behavior; positive self-image, and respect for other students and more.

Area schools continue to follow zero-tolerance policies when it comes to bullying in light of national cases of school shootings and student suicides.

But not every child who cries “bully” is actually being bullied, local school officials say.

Crothersville Junior-Senior High School Principal David Schill said such a policy has been in place at his school for several years now and has led to some students being suspended or expelled for their actions.

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