Reporting bullying incidents in local schools

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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 9/27/2012 5:56 pm Published: 9/27/2012 3:59 pm

Wednesday’s suicide of a Stillwater 8th grader in the hallway of his junior high has many schools on the lookout for signs of bullying.

Although the Stillwater district has said that 13-year old Cade Poulos never reported bullying, and it’s not clear exactly why he took his own life, many times bullying goes unreported.

The tragic death of Poulos has had a resounding impact on students across the state. Students at Sapulpa Middle School have several ways to get their voices heard. They can fill out a form online. Once it’s been reported, that will trigger a response team that will immediately investigate the bullying claims.

Poulos’ mother says he had close friends and wasn’t a target but did battle depression. However, other students at the Stillwater school say he was bullied. Grace Stewart attends Sapulpa Middle School. She didn’t’ know Cade personally but says that bullying can be a humiliating secret.

"They don't deserve all of that hurt and I don't think they deserve to die. It breaks my heart,” she says.

Like many students, Grace has been a target for bullies in the past who have made fun of her clothes and appearance. In the halls of her school, Cade’s story is on everyone’s mind.

"They were pretty sad about it and they hurt to,” she says.

Her mother Sheila is a counselor at the school, and takes the no bullying policy very seriously.

'There is a lot of bullying with words that we see here at the middle school. We work a lot with students on how they can better communicate their emotions and feelings other than using words that hurt,” says Sheila.

The Sapulpa district has already investigated reports of bullying this year.

"We've had five cases reported this year that have been investigated to my knowledge, and none of those have been to the level that they needed to be sent to the state department of education,” says Tom Trigalet with Sapulpa Public Schools.

Through online forms, teacher and student training and anti-bullying assemblies, the school is working hard to protect students from making the choice to hurt others.

“We need to do the best we can do to keep those bullies under control and not hurt anybody else,” says Grace.

If a student is caught bullying another student, counseling is provided to both students and consequences are swift for the bully.

We did some checking with other districts regarding their bullying policies.
Tulsa Public School students can anonymously report any concerns of a student who may be at risk. This would trigger a response team who would immediately investigate.

Union also has an anonymous reporting system, as well as a special help line for students who may feel bullied. The number to call is 918-461-4357.

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pattycake43 - 11/15/2012 3:16 PM
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I know my girl goes to sapulpa middle school and I have been in the office a few times over this bulling crapp, and I am done with it, The name calling, Today I took her out of school cuz a girl tried to cut in line for breakfast and my girl stood up and said no and told the girl to stop it, what happen my little girl gets hurt and nothing was done to the other girl REALLY, the notes that get put in her locker, I am so tired of it, IT just needs to stop, Us parents need to meet and do something to make this stop, I am sure the parents of these bulling kids have no idea what they are doin to our kids and how it effects them, It is wrong and the teacher's and leaders of this school support the bully's and not the one's who are being bullied, this is so wrong, and I am so tired of it,

FOX23News - 9/28/2012 9:14 AM
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We've looked into the rumors he was dressed up for superhero day and have been told by sources close to the investigation he was not. KOCO also reports his mother told them he was not dressed up.

fedup - 9/28/2012 8:08 AM
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Sapulpa.. Sapulpa... The bullying is HORRIBLE here!! I have dealt with principles and counselors, NO RESOLUTION... They call the victim into the office and take the side of the bully. I am sooooo tired of the crap that these kids say and it makes me wonder if their parents know what misery and heartbeak their children put on these other kids!!! #onefedupmomma

aleman - 9/27/2012 9:22 PM
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What's your solution mayor?

BigDaddy1975 - 9/27/2012 7:02 PM
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Thank you Fox 23 for looking into the allegations that CADE was bullied. This is a problem in today's schools that needed to be addressed. I just pray that there was some parents out there in Oklahoma tonight that talked to their kids about it...thank you again... Parent from Shawnee....

ctay1985 - 9/27/2012 6:21 PM
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I AM OUTRAGED!!!! Why on earth is my own local "news" not reporting the WHOLE story or the other part of the story...It was superhero dress-up day at school, according to the school's website. Students who spoke with KOCO Eyewitness News 5's Dan Thomas said the student who died was an eighth-grader and that he'd dressed up as Two-Face from the Batman series WHY WON"T YOU TELL THIS PART OF THE STORY AND STOP LYING!!!!!!!!

Mayor Maynot - 9/27/2012 6:06 PM
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Al e man iF you're not part of the solution then you are part of the problem. There are many more things that I could add on the topic, they might not be properly received in this forum. Two things I could add that seems to be appropriate :~¥ How did he get the gun in the school? Aren't there supposed to be security features to prevent incidents like that from happening? And Why didn't this gun have a lock on it?

aleman - 9/27/2012 5:03 PM
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Hell, the damned teachers encourage it,know a girl few years back who would get groped by the school thugs in the hall going from class to class and the teachers watching and laughing about it
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