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Fairmont, WV

#1 Sep 17, 2013
Establish a policy prohibiting harassment, intimidation or bullying using a process that includes representation of parents or guardians, school employees, school volunteers, students and community members.
Include the following minimum policy components:
Effective on school property, school bus, school bus stop and school sponsored events;
Procedures for reporting incidents;
Requirement that school personnel report incidents of which they are aware;
Requirement that parents/guardians of any student involved in an incident be notified;
Procedures for responding to and investigating reported incidents;
Strategies for protecting a victim from additional harassment, intimidation or bullying and from retaliation following a report;
Discipline procedures for any student guilty of harassment, intimidation or bullying;
Procedures to ensure confidentiality of any information relating to a reported incident; and
Requirement that each incident be reported within the West Virginia Education Information System (WVEIS).
Adopt the policy and submit a copy to the state superintendent of schools by Dec. 1, 2011.
Post notice of the county policy in any student handbook and in any county board publication that sets forth the comprehensive rules, procedures and standards of conduct for the school.
Incorporated into each school's current employee training program Information regarding the county board policy prohibiting harassment, intimidation or bullying.
Federal Bullying Laws
This is the zero tolerance for bullying form everyone had to sign at the beginning of school. WELL GUESS WHAT EAST FAIRMONT HIGH SCHOOL not only condones bullying but the teachers tell the poor child there is nothing they can do about it! REALLY! If she tries to stand up to this pack of girls that have actually spat on her and sent her death threats.... That the idiots running this so called school not only have read these letters but have kept them and yet no one gets suspended. This must stop now!!!
Fed up

Fairmont, WV

#2 Sep 17, 2013
Is there anyone else out there with this same problem? if so we all need to speak up !!!
Fed up

Fairmont, WV

#3 Sep 17, 2013
My niece has been having problems at school with harassment, life threatening letters, being spit on, name calling and so on, well this has been going on since the beginning of the school year and the teachers and staff were told about it numerous times, the letters were even taken to the office and showed to the counselors and nothing has been done, the comment from one of the staff members was "either ignore it or fight and get suspended" ARE YOU SHITTING ME!?!?! well today the law was involved by her parents, not the school, which is what the school should have done the minute my niece's life was threatened(especially after the Skylar Neese murder) any way this is a post for ALL PARENTS ....your child might be bullied or the one bulling it needs to stop, I know there has been alot of hype about this the past few years and now it is really hitting home for me with this happening to one of my family members. Talk to your child, ask if they are having problems with other children at school, most kids wont talk about it unless asked. If you think something is up, find out, take a break from Candy Crush or Farmville or whatever and talk, not lecture...TALK!!!! I was also told today by an officer kids today need more ass whoopins, DO IT, if your kids act like they dont give a shit what others feel or think and they have no respect for others, 9 times out of 10 you didnt bust their ass when they needed it!!! Now I know a few of the Bullies that are doing this and you should be ashamed of yourselves!!! You parents need to do something or someone else's parents will, If it was legal for me to bust your ass you wouldnt sit down for a week!!! But this isnt just the children, the blame is on the children, the parents and the schools.

Fairmont, WV

#4 Sep 17, 2013
I guess East didn't learn anything from the fatal bullying incident from last year.

Fairmont, WV

#5 Sep 17, 2013
My daughter was bullied at Fairmont senior a couple of years ago. The bullies were both male and female. They were first string athletes, cheerleaders and teachers kids. The principle wanted to keep it somewhat hush hush; at least one teacher did not come forward when an incident happened in front of her. The DARE officer didn't make out a formal police report (as far as I know) because he knew the main aggressor. In fact he would not update us (the parents), he said he would just talk to my daughter. We felt completely alone in this. I'm still trying to get past this as you can see. I continually try to think of how we could've handled things differently. I am a firm believer that I can not change another person's actions or feelings. Hopefully their parents can though. And there will always be the administrators, teachers, and police officers that we can not depend on. Thankfully there are some that we can. So what do we do as parents? What should we advise our children to do? If this ever happens again, I'll be with my child every day. Taking names, documenting and taking pictures. Going over teachers, administrators and officers - going to the state board of education if needed. I won't be a mad crazy person; however I'll be a parent of a LIVE child. Not a mourning parent wishing I would've done something more to protect my child. I don't know if there's a blanket answer to this; it's not an easy answer. I think it's a society problem - respect, not being held accountable. I have been trying to instill those traits in my kids. I hope you are too.
Mabel Altizer

Fairmont, WV

#6 Sep 17, 2013
This is a serious situation and it needs to be exposed to the public. I don't think the principals up there are doing anything about it. They have four or five that just get a big paycheck and don't want to take on these serious problems.

Fairmont, WV

#7 Sep 17, 2013
Jennifer wrote:
The DARE officer didn't make out a formal police report (as far as I know) because he knew the main aggressor. In fact he would not update us (the parents), he said he would just talk to my daughter.
Sorry how it turned out for you and your daughter. I learned a couple of years ago that the DARE officer is the Monty Hall of the whole thing. Nothing but hollow promises and never a report so he can change his facts to cover his butt. He just gives you the run around until you give up. Again, sorry.

Charleston, WV

#8 Sep 18, 2013
Yep, the Dare Officer is buddies with all these school officials. You think bullying is the only thing he has tried to cover up, think again. He tries to protect those "well known" kids and parents. He is nothing but a little troll. Ask him where all the FOP Colt football money has gone... You'll get more of the run around story or he will try to attack you hoping you will back down with your questions. There are some great officers out there to go to, you don't have to rely on the Dare Officer to report you problems just because he is designated as such... Good luck.
Say it aint so

Ashburn, VA

#9 Sep 18, 2013
Once again, Marion County's "Finest" have shown their true colors. Dare Officer is a proper title because he wouldn't dare do his job.
Fed up

Fairmont, WV

#10 Sep 18, 2013
I see that everyone here is blaming the police , what about the schools? Shouldn't they be doing something about these bullies, instead of blowing it off? I thought when our children are in their care they take on the role to teach and protect our children since us as parents are not there...Where is the protection if they are basically allowing these bullies to get away with what they are doing with out consequences?

Stafford, VA

#11 Sep 18, 2013
I'm not laying all the blame on the Fairmont police, not at all. I believe there are several people/entities that should shoulder some responsibility for what goes on at school and at school sponsored activities. In the short term, accountability and discipline needs to be administered. However, that only deals with the aftermath. A long term solution is needed - one that involves parents, the child(ren), teachers, principals, community, etc. A solution that incorporates self-respect and respect for others, parental involvement, accountability, punishment. I seem Polly-anish in my outlook, but I'd rather look at it that way than think every child is evil. What we experienced with my daughter's bullying problem, were classmates not standing up for her on her behalf and adults (teachers and administrators) not wanting to get involved. It seemed that fear of these teenagers had gripped the school. Children can be swayed, however adults need to be adults. Stand up and speak up for those who can not; have morals and convictions that will not be swayed; be a role model for your fellow teachers and the kids you teach. Parents need to slow down their busy lives and pay attention to their kids. Talk to them and more importantly listen to what your kids are telling you. Ask questions and then take notes when the kids don't see you. So now you can ask about his geometry test in 4th period. Big vacations, travel teams, parties - they mean nothing without knowing your children. And let your children know you - allow them to understand that you are not invincible, that you have made mistakes, life does go on, and you try to better yourself with every step. Parents, talk to your kids about the little things so there is already a line of communication open for the big things. That's the long term solution but we need some better short term solutions - better than ignoring it and hoping it will go away.
I'm not a perfect parent, we are not Ozzie & Harriet. In fact my husband and I screw up everyday. However our kids know that their parents love them and will sacrifice our time and our jobs for them.

Fairmont, WV

#12 Sep 19, 2013
the schools wait for something physical to happen before stepping in otherwise they figure "ignore it and it will go away"
yeah yeah

Stuarts Draft, VA

#13 Sep 19, 2013
Go to next BOE meeting and tell your concerns! The superintendent will not like these allegations of teacher cover up! The more attention you draw to it doesn't mean it's going to be easier on you child . Those are the steps I'd take as a father .
In the know

Morgantown, WV

#14 Sep 19, 2013
Legal aid of WV HAS AN ADVOCATE PROGRAM TO HELP PEOPLE file complaints with the school board and the state if necessary. Have your niece's parents call 866-255-4370 and explain their situation and ask for an advocate. The school will not do anything until they are forced to do so. This service is free.
faith healer

Stafford, VA

#15 Sep 22, 2013
You would think that the administration would be all about handling bullies because that principal looks like someone who was bullied his entire life.
Fed up

Fairmont, WV

#16 Sep 22, 2013
well the conclusion we have came to because nothing has been done and from the looks of it isnt goin to be so we are transferring schools, it is said this has to be done but for her safety both mentally and physical it is the last thing we can come up with after trying all other options :(

Fairmont, WV

#17 Sep 22, 2013
I wish you and your family all the best.

Fairmont, WV

#18 Sep 23, 2013
Fed up wrote:
well the conclusion we have came to because nothing has been done and from the looks of it isnt goin to be so we are transferring schools, it is said this has to be done but for her safety both mentally and physical it is the last thing we can come up with after trying all other options :(
We welcome your daughter to West Fairmont High School, where we have proactively solved the problem of bullying. We are proud to report that there hasn't been a single case of bullying at our school for well over ten years. Yes, at WFHS, the administration, the faculty and the students all consider each other as one big happy family! Go Polar Bears!
faith healer

Stafford, VA

#19 Sep 23, 2013
Pollyanna Bears

Clarksburg, WV

#20 Sep 23, 2013
Yeah, right.

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