Local organization is doing everything in their power to combat bullying in K-12 schools

The president of the #BullyBox Passion Project said she gets at least five phone calls a day from parents stating that their child is being bullied in schools.

Posted: Dec 2, 2021 10:05 PM
Updated: Dec 2, 2021 10:20 PM

LAFAYETTE, LA (KADN)- There have been many parents in Acadiana voicing their concerns on social media about bullying happening in schools.

Shauna Sias, the president of the #BullyBox Passion Project, said she gets at least five phone calls a day from parents stating that their child is being bullied in schools.

“A child is supposed to go to school and feel safe. These children are not feeling safe. Within the past three days, I’ve gotten at least 25 messages about children who have told their parents they don't want to go to school. Some of them would rather die,” Sias said.

Bullying is an issue that happens every year in K-12 schools.

“Children have to understand that the words that they say they hurt, they have to understand that you cannot say something to someone to intentionally hurt them and then expect them to be okay with that. Not everybody is going to be able to absorb that,” Sias continued.

The #BullyBox Passion Project is a local nonprofit in Acadiana that helps parents and children go about resolving bullying issues with local schools.

“You know, we have kids going to junior high school with guns, knives, you know, there was a young lady in New Orleans, although that's not Acadiana it's still our children. She was 13 and her mother put this she was literally bullied to death,” she said.

According to Sias, some parents are not taken seriously by school officials when their child is being bullied. So, they should be sure to fill out a bullying report form so that everything is always documented.

“It's not just some document that I created. This is a legal document and it's very serious. It actually ends up in the department of justice and the office of civil rights,” she explained.

The #BullyBox project believes that schools should use funds, such as COVID-19 grants, to create resources to help combat bullying and aid those who are victims.

“We have enough hand sanitizer and Lysol right now. Let's get the vaccine and keep our children safe from harming themselves any further.”

The organization wants to remind parents that do decide to submit a bullying report form to keep a copy for themselves so that everything is on record.

If you are in need of the bully report form to submit to your child’s school click here.

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