Seminars set for students, parents
Ripley tackles bullying
Wanda English Burnett
Students being bullied at school or on the ride
home seems to be a common occurrence when you turn on the evening
news. Knowing these acts are prevalent wherever there are students,
South Ripley administration, teachers, and staff have taken a
proactive stance against it.
Do we have a problem here? Bob Meyer, high school
principal echoed the question asked. Like every school,
weve got a problem, he admitted, saying they know
they are vulnerable simply because they have a large number of
Thats why they have policies in place to deal with bullying
issues and are watching it closer than ever. Next Wednesday, January
16 students in grades five through eight will see Operation MoJo
as Travis Brown takes his No Bullying Tour across the state speaking
in 50 schools in 50 days on the subject of bullying.
High schoolers will also see the program with it being offered
again in the evening for all parents at 6:30 in the high school
auditeria. Parents are urged to join the school in being proactive,
rather than reactive to a problem that could greatly impact their
This program is part of South Ripleys ongoing attempts
to provide a safe environment for our students, noted Dr.
John Mehrle, superintendent of South Ripley schools.
The principals, Meyer, and Rodney Hite (South Ripley Junior High)
and Mark Collier (South Ripley Elementary) together with the superintendent
and other staff members have taken the bullying issue seriously
and ask parents to do the same.
Principal Meyer noted that technology has changed so much since
he began his career in education especially with Facebook and
cell phones. He said they are hoping through educating the students,
and communicating with them about the bullying issue, they can
avoid a catastrophe at South Ripley schools.