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Taconic Hills schools struggling with bullying issues

Jan 29, 2019 1:00 pm
Amanda Purcell is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media that following more than a month of complaints of wide-spread bullying from students in the Taconic Hills School District and their parents, district officials say they are addressing those concerns. The board of education's December public meeting was dominated by a discussion that began with allegations of the school's lack of response to a recent school-wide threat. The conversation went from there to criticism of how school administrators fail to acknowledge or address bullying incidents. In response to these bullying concerns, the district will hold a social health and wellness information session for parents 6 p.m., Wed., Jan. 30, in the board room. Elementary school principal John Gulisane Jr. said staff will speak about what they do to help students and how they address issues that arise. Parents will be able to ask questions about what the district does to keep students safe, he said. Two more law enforcement officers have been embedded in the district by the Columbia County Sheriff's Office this year, and the school also has a part-time therapy dog available to support emotionally and socially stressed students. Taconic Hills, which had an enrollment of nearly 1,400 students during the 2016-17 school year, reported no incidents of discrimination, harassment or cyberbullying that year, fewer than any other district in Columbia County. It did report several violent and disruptive incidents, including two assaults with physical injury, one incident of intimidation, harassment, menacing or bullying, nine minor altercations without weapons and one sexual offense. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.