QISD provides resources on bully prevention

The Quinlan Independent School District held a bullying awareness event at the Personal Responsibility in Daily Effort (PRIDE) academy building last Thursday evening.

Director of Student Leadership and P.R.I.D.E. academy Michael Tull said that this awareness event is one of the many efforts in the district to help promote student safety for both kids and parents.

“One of the most important things about bullying prevention we want our children to come to school to feel safe and its also important and give them ways to build their self esteem and confidence in themselves,” said Tull. “Study after study shows that … just getting a student to believe in themselves can increase their academic performance. Their self belief and confidence will help them be successful.”

The event provided students and parents with information and awareness on bullying and various types of bullying.

Tull said that the event started off with a discussion on what bullying is and what the law says about bullying. During the session, Tull also shared with students and their parents what QISD does regarding bullying and how to help parents be confident in the fact that their children are safe.

“Cyber-bullying is a huge new concern,” said Tull. “When I was in school, you could go home to get away from bullying. You didn’t have Instagram or Facebook. Now they got the social media aspect where it could follow them all the time. Under the new ‘David’s Law’ it has given schools a wider access of things to do when Cyber-bullying occurs even when it occurs off-campus. David’s law gives school districts and administrators more power to put a stop to it.”

“We talk about what resources are out there … we talk about warning signs,” said Tull. “We have ways the students can unanimously report it and it’s called the ROAR form.”

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