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Published March 12, 2012, 10:26 PM

Fargo Public Schools holds first reading of new bullying policy

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - There are new polices to combat a growing problem in schools. Tomorrow evening, Fargo Public Schools will hold the first reading of a new bullying policy.

There are new polices to combat a growing problem in schools. Tomorrow evening, Fargo Public Schools will hold the first reading of a new bullying policy.

The new bullying policy is designed to make it easy for students and staff to report sign of bullying. As part of the policy, the district is providing forms like this, where students can report anonymously the victims and perpetrators of bullying.

The district investigates all complaints. Positive behavioral intervention may be ordered for the bully. If that doesn't work, suspension or expulsion are other options.

The policy also defines bullying. Administrators say each child is affected differently by things like name calling. They also say bullying is no longer limited to the playground.

Nancy Jordheim – FSP Assistant Superintendent: "Because cyber-bullying often is not done face to face. It's not that name calling I was talking about. I look at you and call you a name, its name calling because I go into my phone."

Last year, lawmakers mandated all school systems have bullying policies after seeing an increase in bullying cases. Fargo Public Schools already had one, but decided to upgrade it.

Nancy Jordheim: "All of that has made it, not just an issue, but an opportunity to make things better for kids."

A second reading will take place March 27th. It may be approved that day.

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