Schools across the mountain state have now adopted a Zero Tolerance Policy for Cyber Bullying, and bullying of any kind.
In Putnam County, just like most counties in the region — when it comes to bullying online, there’s zero tolerance.
School resource officer, Corporal Will Jordan, sat down to talk about the effects of bullying and social media.
“It’s everywhere. Everyone has it. Everyone does it. Every kid is a good kid, you know, when mommy and daddy’s around. When mommy and daddy’s not around, you don’t know what their kid’s gonna do,” Jordan said.
So what if your student is being bullied?
Jordan said that protocol is to first try intervention between the students, maybe bring the parents in, and if it can’t be resolved, they would head to the prosecutors office.
He said that online bullying isn’t uncommon.
“Everybody wants to hide behind a screen and talk negative stuff about anybody and everybody, instead of talking face-to-face anymore, and that’s how it’s become.”
The topic of cyber-bullying is a personal one for this 15-year veteran working inside of the school system.
“What’s mind boggling to me is some of the hatred things that these kids say today. You know, ‘Go ahead and kill yourself’, ‘Nobody likes you, nobody loves you’. And we’ve had a case in the county years ago like that, and it upsets me,” Jordan said.
“The system failed the kid.”
Jordan spent nine hours with the teenager on a Friday.
The next morning, he got a call at 5:00 that the teen had taken his own life.
This is a scenario that is real, and while it’s on the extreme end of the spectrum, it’s a possibility
Programs have now been put into place, and protocols have been made for situations like this.
Most importantly, Jordan says parents have to talk to their kids and communicate with them.
“My momma and daddy always taught me that you treat people how you want to be treated. That will get you far in life, and I honestly believe that.”