Tulsa Drillers announce anti-bullying campaign

TULSA - The Tulsa Drillers announced Tuesday a new anti-bullying campaign.

The Drillers have teamed up with the Tulsa Metro Chamber and Tulsa Public Schools for the initiative.

"TPS is thankful to the Tulsa Drillers and the Tulsa Chamber for helping us to shed light on bullying in our schools," said Dr. Keith Ballad, superintendent of Tulsa Public Schools. "Our teachers and principals are always on the look-out for bullying behavior, as it takes many different forms. As vigilant as we are, however, the sad fact is that we have to equip students to be supportive of each other and to seek help before trouble escalates. Our goal is to create a safe learning environment for all students."

Hornsby, the team's mascot, will deliver anti-bullying curriculum to elementary students across the district

"The Tulsa Drillers takes sportsmanship behavior very seriously, both on and off the field," said Mike Melega, general manager of the Tulsa Drillers. "We think it's important to educate students early about healthy responses to bullying, and how to recognize it. Hornsby will be a great advocate for students as he makes his way into elementary schools..."

A signing ceremony for the partnership program began at 10 a.m. at ONEOK Field.

To view the TPS harassment, intimidation and bullying policy, visit the "Parents" tab on the TPS website and select "District Policies." In the search box, enter "4902" and the full policy will be displayed.

For more information about bully prevention, visit the National Education Association website and click on "Bully Free: It Ends With Me" under the "Issues and Action" tab. The NEA's Nationwide Study of Bullying is also available at www.NEA.org .

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