October 20, 2014
RENO, NV - The Washoe County School District unveiled its anti-bullying plan Tuesday.
"People calling names and spreading rumors, it didn't feel good," Melina Hollinger said.
Eighth-grade student Melina Hollinger said she used to get picked on when she went to another school.
"I didn't even want to go to school in the morning, it was hard to get up hard to go to school, it was just terrible to deal with," another student said.
The Washoe County School District wants to make it easier to deal with, and prevent bullying at school to begin with. A new plan trains staff to respond better, allows students to report bullying anonymously, and creates intervention classes. The classes to reach students being pick on, and those doing the bullying.
The problem seems worse at middle schools, where a district's survey found 56 percent of students felt bullying is happening, and 52 percent of staff felt the same.
A form will help track the district's efforts to improve.