More parents are speaking out on social media after a 7th grader in Coweta said a classmate threatened to kill her multiple times.
Steve Hahn, the Prevent Bullying Tulsa Executive Director, says one in five high school students in the state of Oklahoma were bullied last year. He says it's a global phenomenon.
"We know the outcomes are clear," he said. "When you talk about academic performance, clearly grades go down, our discipline issues go up, kids that skip school increase and there's mental health issues regarding stress, anxiety and depression."
Hahn says it's a problem in every school district. Monday, 13-year-old Chynna Holland told 2 Works for You that she's been bullied for four months at Coweta Junior High.
After seeing that original story, numerous parents commented on Facebook that her children have also been bullied. One mother says it got so bad, she removed her 5th grader from school. It's the same school district, Coweta Public Schools.
"The science is clear on it, this is a issue that we really need to take steps to prevent and also intervene when bullying does happen at school or away from school as well," Hahn said.
2 Works for You obtained the bullying policy from Coweta. It states that every staff member gets annual training on how to prevent bullying and every school has a designated employee to investigate every bullying report.
But Hahn says you may need to take it a step further.
"Once they report it to the school, and they don't feel like action has been taken place, they need to report it to the education services center and they can report it to the school board as well," he said.
2 Works for You contacted Coweta school administrators again Tuesday. We were told that we will not be getting an on-camera interview and that their statement from Monday and the copy of their bullying policy is their response.
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