Stock Says Bullying Discussion Good and Bad
Laramie County School District #1 Superintendent Mark Stock says he thinks the extensive discussion and coverage of bullying issues this school year has had both positive and negative impacts. Stock says on the plus side bullying was something that needed to be discussed and dealt with, which he says the district has tried to do with a number of steps. He says those include implementation of training programs for teachers and an ombudsman program available to parents who have concerns about bullying issues. But the superintendent says the discussion has caused problems as well, including a big increase in false allegations of bullying, which he says are often raised by students as a way to harass someone they don't like. Stock also says the definition of bullying has gotten so broad in some people's minds that it has come to mean "anything you don't like".