KEYSER - Before the Mineral County School system can fully address the issue of bullying, educators and parents alike need to understand the definition of the word, according to superintendent Shawn Dilly.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - Before the Mineral County School system can fully address the issue of bullying, educators and parents alike need to understand the definition of the word, according to superintendent Shawn Dilly.
Three upset adults had approached the board of education during their regular April 24 meeting, saying their children and grandchildren are being bullied at Keyser Middle School.
The adults, whose names were withheld by the News Tribune to protect the identity of the children, told stories of the children bring pushed, hit and “called the N-word,” but when the incidents were reported to teachers or the principal, they said nothing was done.
One of the adults suggested the educators receive additional training in anti-bullying, and another suggested teaching the topic of diversity in the classroom.
At the conclusion of the discussion, board president Rob Woy asked that Dilly, assistant superintendent Dwight Williams, and KMS principal Edward Holler meet with the parents to try to come up with some solutions.
Since that time, Dilly told the News Tribune he has been meeting with administrators in the county’s schools. One of the topics of discussion has been whether certain acts are actual acts of bullying.
“People tend to include everything with bullying, but not all acts are bullying acts,” he said. Some of it is just kids being mean. Kids are going to do things at certain ages … it’s just part of their development.
“We’re talking about what is rude vs. mean vs. bullying,” he said. “We need to make sure we are talking about activities that are actually bullying.”
Dilly told the News Tribune he continues to work on the issue.
He also told the parents at the April 24 meeting that he would get back to them on the topic.