Our Department of Student Services has planned activities for throughout the month in our schools. One of the special events will include a visit by Chris “Lights Out” Lytle to Southport High School, of which he is an alumnus. He is a mixed martial artist, boxer and a veteran of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The former Cardinal founded the Chris Lytle Foundation, an anti-bullying agency whose goal is to encourage, educate and empower people to speak up and stand up for themselves and others. Across our classrooms, instructors will discuss what bullying is, advise students what to do if they’re being bullied, and educate bystanders on what to do if they witness bullying.
Perry Township Schools does not condone bullying behavior toward any student, whether by other students, staff or third parties. It is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated. Bullying can be an isolating experience – not just for the kids involved but for their parents as well.
We want the targets of bullying, their support system and bystanders to feel empowered to report it and safely take a stand. We encourage students to report bullying or any disagreement in which they feel threatened by telling a school official or calling our Safety Hotline at 317-789-3905. Once a report of bullying is received, an investigation is initiated within one school day.
Staff members gather information from parties on each side of the situation. Based on the outcome of the investigation, school leaders are able to determine the appropriate discipline or intervention based on the Positive Behavior Interventions and Support program.
Our anti-bullying initiatives also seek to educate and counsel students who are the perpetrators of the aggressions.
Perry Township Schools is committed to providing a safe, positive and nurturing environment for all students. For more information about our bullying policy, visit www.perryschools.org/for-students/ bullying/. To learn about the foundation, visit www.thechrislytlefoun dation.org/.