- Associated Press - Friday, September 18, 2015

EDGAR, Wis. (AP) - A central Wisconsin school board has approved a new anti-bullying and harassment policy developed after a 16-year-old student took his own life.

Under the new policy, bullying and harassment complaints are to be tracked and investigated in a timely manner. For the first time, the district will report to the school board the number of complaints filed by students and parents each year, according to News-Herald Media (https://mnhne.ws/1OjyWGD ). The policy requires the district to respond to reports within five days.

Parents have been particularly concerned about bullying following the death of Jonathan Wesener, whose family believes it was a factor in his suicide.

The Weseners and others said the new policy represents progress, but they argue it does not punish bullying harshly enough. They suggested changes to the board’s original draft and called for stronger punishments for offenses and quicker investigation of reports.

“The administration will be vigilant in following and enforcing the policies,” said Superintendent Cari Guden.

The policy contains two pages of definitions and three pages of actions or acts that constitute bullying, such as posting slurs, rumors or disparaging remarks about a student on social media, or verbal taunting, malicious teasing, name-calling or making threats.


Information from: News-Herald Media, https://www.marshfieldnewsherald.com

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