Educators from around Iowa are gathering to brainstorm ways to end bullying in schools.
The Governor’s Bullying Prevention Summit is being held at Hy-Vee hall in Des Moines on Tuesday. The event will focus on a wide range of topics from cyber bullying to physical bullying.
A recent survey shows half of Iowa students say they deal with bullying in their school. Officials feel bullying can no longer be considered “kids being kids,” the risk of suicide and physical and mental harm have grown.
Districts are currently required to report bullying on school property, at a school functions, and at any school-sponsored activities. Arthur Tate Superintendent of Davenport Schools says, “It puts a lot of burden on the administration to try to make sure that we’re effective in stopping or controlling bullying.”
Organizers hope new ideas for preventing and alleviating bullying will be shared through the summit. Nearly 1200 people have signed up to attend. It will also be streamed online.