KEYSER - A local teen who has been very outspoken on social media on the topic of bullying brought his concerns to the Mineral County Board of Education recently.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - A local teen who has been very outspoken on social media on the topic of bullying brought his concerns to the Mineral County Board of Education recently.
“I don’t feel the county is living up to … the state’s bullying policies,” Tyler Metcalf said during the Nov. 19 board meeting.
Metcalf told the board he feels there should be “harsher punishments” for children who participate in bullying and noted that he has seen students receive harsher penalties for lesser infractions.
“I’ve seen people get after school detention for not bring their gym clothes,” he said.
He praised Keyser Middle Primary School for starting the Bully Busters anti-bullying club, but feels more needs to be done.
“It’s really great to see when kids stand up for something,” he said, adding that he feels more training in anti-bullying is needed for teachers.
“Some teachers are bullies themselves; I’ve seen it myself,” he said.
“If we’re on the same page with this, we can get some really big change in the county,” he continued, adding that he’d like to see area law enforcement get involved in the issue.
“They really care about the kids in the area,” he said.
Metcalf also said he had previously met with superintendent Troy Ravenscroft to talk about bullying and some other issues, and felt his comments were well received.
Since the topic was not on the agenda, the board members took no action but did thank Metcalf for his presentation.