Granite City district: Alleged bullying case is 'handled'

News-DemocratNovember 7, 2013 

The superintendent of Granite City District 9 said Thursday that school leaders have addressed an alleged case of bullying that came to light earlier in the week.

The mother of a 12-year-old female Coolidge Middle School student who suffers from hair loss told Superintendent Jim Greenwald that some children at the school have pulled off her daughter's wig or the bandanas she wears on her head at school.

She said they have also harassed her daughter verbally both in person and online including telling her to "go kill herself."

Greenwald said he and Coolidge school leaders have looked into the case and have taken appropriate measures to solve the problem.

The child's mother could not be reached for comment.

"We have a policy on bullying and take it very seriously," Greenwald said. "We handle things on a case by case basis. I did speak to the principal today and told me that it's been handled."

Greenwald said he couldn't speak on the specifics of the current case. But he said counselors are working with students to help them get through their problems.

School leaders have their hands full these days dealing with disputes not only in the school house, but also ones that start on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter and affect kids in the classroom, Greenwald said.

"Sometimes teenagers aren't the kindest of people to each other," Greenwald said. "There is a lot of jealousy and Facebook and Twitter have lent to that. We have our hands full during the hours of 7:30-3:30 trying to implement morals and standards. It's not uncommon to have to go over 65 pages of things that happened on the Internet the night before."

Contact reporter Scott Wuerz at swuerz@bnd.com or call 239-2626.

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