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Greenville Co. Parents Push for Bullying Policy Changes

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A group of Greenville County families is pushing for changes to the way the school district tackles the problem of bullying. A group of Greenville County families is pushing for changes to the way the school district tackles the problem of bullying.
GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. -

A group of Greenville County families is pushing for changes to the way the school district tackles the problem of bullying.

They're approaching the School Board Tuesday night to speak out about bullying with a list of specific recommendations.

Ywanda Williams is one of them. She said two of her children faced bullying in Greenville County classrooms.

“Every day was either being called names, or in the bathroom being thrown up against the wall, having his books thrown out of his arms, until the point when I noticed his grades were dropping from A's to B's to F's,” said Williams.

She and about a dozen other parents are teaming up with Traci Fant, an activist for victims of bullying and abuse.

“Not only are we tired and we're fed up, but we want to know what you guys are going to do about it," said Fant.

“I think we have a pretty comprehensive set of criteria today. Could it be improved? Maybe,” said Greenville County School Board Chairman Chuck Saylors.

While Saylors said the PTA already discusses bullying, Fant recommends creating a parent-teacher-student council and holding workshops specifically to address the issue.

Schools have a reporting system in place, but Fant said it doesn't always work.

“A lot of kids don't report it because they don't want to be labeled a snitch or a tattletale,” said Fant.

She said an anonymous reporting system and a zero tolerance policy would help stop the problem before it got out of hand.

Saylors said that could get tricky.

“There are probably more shades of gray when it relates to bullying versus weapons,” said SaylorSaylorse folks may see one action as bullying where other parents may not."

Although he said that doesn't mean the school board won't consider it.

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