As a Florida Sheriff pursues criminal action against two girls who bullied a classmate to the point of suicide… Pocatello police say they’re not going to let the abuse in our schools get to that point.
Sergeant Ralph Daniels is in charge of making sure serious bullying will not escalate into something more.
“We have officers assigned as schools resource officers and part of our job is working with the schools administration, to deal with the bullying situation,” said Sergeant Daniels.
Depending on the severity of the bullying, citations are made in order to help take care of future issues.
“Those citations are sometimes held and we do what’s called an “officer divergent”, and so if the kid can make it through the rest of the school year with no more trouble than those citations can be dismissed,” said Daniels.
After citations are issued, the officers monitor the student environment to make sure it gets better.
“The ramifications are hopefully small we can solve it or if they become a big issue and the kids end up in front of the judge and maybe end up on probation. Hopefully we can provide services and help them with things they have in their lives or to improve their lives so they don’t feel like they have to pick on other people,” said Daniels.
Whether your child is the victim or the bully, police say it’s important for parents to have an open dialogue with their kids… especially if you notice a change in their behavior.
“If your child is being the bully then you need to be the one to stand up and help us enforce some rules on them and help us and the school district to enact some steps that will help stop that behavior,” said Daniels.
Srgt. Daniels mentions if you are someone in a cyber-bullying situation then be willing to step away from the internet for a while. Learn to block the bully from your social media connection. If you know someone that is in any bullying situation, be willing to stand up and help put a stop to the abuse.
“There are kids that are in the school that are not afraid to come to the office and say, “Hey I saw this going on.” And so to those who are doing that I say keep up the good work, to those who are not so sure, don’t be afraid to stand up and say something to somebody,” Daniels said.