Online Bullying Reporting System Live For Greendale Schools

Recent survey results indicate students do not feel comfortable reporting negative behavior to adults. The new system will allow students to anonymously report harassment and illegal activity.

Bullying, harassment, or illegal activity in the Greendale School District can now be reported through a new online reporting system.

This comes from work being done by the new Greendale Task Force, whose mission is to propose solutions to problematic behavior, as well as propose implementation strategies to address the behavior.

The task force was formed after a 17-year-old male high school student wrote a fake bomb threat in a bathroom because he told police he wanted to disrupt the homecoming activities. Police reports indicated the teen experienced prolonged bullying by his peers, including nominating him for homecoming court as a prank.

The task force has held three meetings and continues to help identify gaps in existing services and protocols and explored possible solutions.

“The task force is committed to communicating its findings to students, parents, staff and the community. We recognize this is a serious issue,” said Superintendent John Tharp in a release. “In coming weeks, the task force will continue to work on these issues and craft recommendations for ensuring all students in the Greendale schools are provided with a safe and welcoming environment to learn.”

According to student members of the task force and recent student survey results, instances of bullying and harassment generally occur in places where there is little or no adult supervision with the highest volume occurring on social media. Students also reported negative behaviors often involve “mean-spirited gossip” or the exclusion of others. Recent student survey results also indicated that not all students are comfortable reporting negative behavior to adults. Click here for survey results.

The Safer Schools on-line reporting form is available from the Greendale High School and Greendale Middle School websites and can be used by students, parents, and community members to report bullying, harassment, or illegal activity to school administration. Those submitting the form can choose to provide their name or remain anonymous.

The task force includes a diverse mix of about 25 parents, students, teachers, community members and staff. Susan Castro and Alison Julien, parents of students in Greendale schools, serve as co-chairs of the task force. Nancy Athanasiou, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs in the School of Education and Associate Professor at Alverno College, is facilitating the work team.

For more information on the task force, including a list of members, visit: http://bit.ly/Task-Force. You may also contact Tharp at (414) 423-2700 or john.tharp@greendale.k12.wi.us for more information.

Teach December 05, 2012 at 02:21 AM
Check this out: Either boycott, show up and ask some questions or just see what he has to say about all of this. No night meetings. Isn't that something? Don't be available for working parents and citizens! Now the citizens are seeing how clueless this place is that all of working in Greendale Public Schools knows. Coffee isn't served after 4pm in the school district and Tharp isn't working late either. Greendale School District Superintendent Dr. John Tharp is inviting interested community members to informal coffee sessions for the next three months. These morning sessions will provide interested community members with the opportunity to ask questions and to find out about the future direction of the District under Dr. Tharp's leadership. The Wednesday morning meetings will take place from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the District Office on the following dates: December 12, December 19, January 16, January 23, January 30 and February 6. The Greendale School District office is located at 6801 Southway--behind the high school on the football field side of the building.
Gene December 05, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Interesting how the superintendent at his new school district was at every meeting, responded to every call, and was there 100% of the time in helping this young man get back on track. Just want point that out.
Jim Dinzen December 05, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Having coffee's during the morning, when working parents and people have to go to work or get their children off to school is another example of being out of touch with the real Greendale. Why doesn't the board of trustees hold open hours so they can hear what people like us think of all of what is happening in our fair school district? Couldn't they hold open hours outside the work day if Tharp won't?
Scoop December 05, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Readers and concerned residents: You will know if the board of trustees are in a reactive manner if they schedule these open hours or other meetings or Tharp changes and increases his "coffees" for people who can't be there at 7:30 am on a work day? What about a Saturday?
concerned parent December 07, 2012 at 11:51 PM
One question...what is the school and the new Culture and Climate task force going to do about it when reports are made anonymously about students which are not true, causing the student to be brought into the principals office and having parents called. That kinda sounds like another avenue for bullying. Culture and Climate-George Orwell?


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