Parents have complained to the current board about bullying at schools. How do you feel the board should address this issue?
Rober: I am very concerned about bullying in our schools. I am concerned about bullying in our society. I fear that bullying is so prevalent that it will be hard to control. The School Board will have to fully investigate the depth, breadth and impact of bullying on our schools. Bullying will have to be defined and categorized and then the board will need to discuss and develop policy that better addresses consequences for identified behaviors. I also believe that our educators need to be more sensitive to bullying and their roles in it as well. Some teachers are, perhaps unconsciously, perpetrators of bullying actions. Of course, bullying extends well beyond the school walls and parents/custodians also need to be part of a preventative plan, perhaps through better outreach from the schools.