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Perrysburg Schools fight bullying

PERRYSBURG, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Bullying is a big problem for students of all ages, but Perrysburg Schools are taking steps to make sure their students don't become another statistic.

School officials say the district has dealt with 40 cases of bullying so far this year, but Frank Elementary Principal Brent Swartzmiller says the numbers don't tell the whole story. That number is consistent with what they've seen in previous years.

"What we want to know, looking at that 40, is: Are those repeat incidents?" he said. "How do we respond in those situations?"

Swartzmiller is certified to train other teachers in the district how to spot and stop bullying. He conducts yearly surveys and weekly classroom meetings with students and teachers about what they're seeing.

"Bullying occurs in every culture, in every society, at ever age," he said. "It's our duty then to make those opportunities for growth."

Perrysburg parents say they're happy with the program.

"I guess ideally you'd like zero, but that's in a perfect world," said Elizabeth Lang. "I think 40 is great. The school district is huge, there are several elementary, junior and high schools, and to only have 40 is great."

Swartzmiller says he doesn't expect the district to ever see zero bullying cases, but as long as students continue to raise their hand and speak up, they can stop bullies.

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