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Stow Schools to Join Cuyahoga Falls in 'I Have a Secret' Anti-Bullying Event

Parents, students, faculty and staff from each district are invited to the event, which will consist of a stage performance and discussion led by a panel of local law experts.

Later this month, the  will host the I Have A Secret anti-bullying event and the have been asked to participate as well.

The event is open to the community, and students from grades seven to 12 and their parents are strongly encouraged to attend, said Cuyahoga Falls Schools Superintendent Todd Nichols. 

"(I Have a Secret), presented in part by Diversity Initiatives, is designed to raise awareness of bullying while supporting teachers, administrators and students to actively take steps to help counter the social issue," said Stow-Munroe Falls Schools rep Jacquie Mazziotta.  

Following the stage performance, a guided discussion will be hosted by a panel of experts, who include: the Honorable Judge Linda Tucci-Teodosio, Cuyahoga Falls Chief of Police, Tom Pozza, and Sarah Moore, Partner, Roetzel and Andress.  

HAPPY, a group comprised of members from , will also deliver a brief presentation to show how the student group at SMFHS works to prevent bullying. 

The event is free and will be held on Monday, March 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium, located at 2300 4th Street.

For more information, contact the Cuyahoga Falls City School District Department of Pupil Services at 330-926-3800 ext. 502042.

Jan Hightower-Woods March 19, 2012 at 12:08 PM
In theroy it's a great concept...in reality in the SMFSD, it's an ongoing problem.
Debbie S. March 19, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Sadly, it's a case-by-case basis in SMFCSD. I have personal, first-hand knowledge of one case that was handled VERY well, yet know personally of another case where nothing was done and a different case where it was handled entirely inappropriately. It depends what is reported and to whom, when, and sometimes BY whom. And sadly, parents are the LEAST informed. People who think that boys need to "toughen up," girls are "too sensitive," or "my child could NEVER bully" - they are often the source of the problem or at least enablers of it. Until EVERYONE takes bullying seriously and until there is EDUCATION provided to both parents and kids about bullying is and how to effectively deal with it, the problems will continue. Bullying starts in elementary school and ignoring it or pretending it doesn't exist will not ever make it go away.
riverrat March 19, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Life is SO tough in Cuyahoga Falls :[

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