Asheville schools use the internet to identify bullies, stop their behavior
Bullying is a big problem in many schools across the country. But Asheville City Schools has a program to help students stop bullies in their tracks
Students at Ira B. Jones Elementary in Asheville are navigating the world of bullying behavior. Through the Scavenger Hunt website, the students learn to identify bullies. It also gives them guidance on how to stop the problem.
School counselor Rachel Herrick said it's important for students to understand the difference between "snitching" and being a responsible leader.
"The difference between reporting and tattling, that seems to be the big one," Herrick said. "Like, 'Oh, I'm not trying to get anyone in trouble, I'm trying to keep someone safe.' Whereas tattling is like I'm trying to get the kid in trouble for not doing what the teacher said."
The program also gives them choices so they can make informed decisions on the course of action they can take to bring about positive results in a potentially negative situation.
"So, kids can be more aware of people who are getting bullied and to stop the bullies who are doing it," student Adeline said.
"It feels better to be kind and nice instead of being mean and a bully," student Brandon said.