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Lahaina school to highlight serious problem of bullying

By Staff | Oct 27, 2016

A recent statewide survey, the “Bullying Poll” conducted by Qmark Research for the Equality Hawaii Foundation, found that bullying continues to be a significant problem in Hawaii’s schools.

According to the state Department of Education, bullying is any written, verbal, graphic or physical act that a student or group of students exhibits toward other particular student(s), and the behavior causes mental or physical harm to the other student(s); and it is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening or abusive educational environment for the other student(s).

Today’s technology and use of social media have also given rise to “cyberbullying,” with electronically transmitted acts against students.

The DOE noted: “Community-wide strategies can help identify and support children who are bullied, redirect the behavior of children who bully, and change the attitudes of adults and youth who tolerate bullying behaviors in peer groups, schools, families and communities.”

In line with this strategy, Princess Nahi’ena’ena Elementary School invites all parents and community members of Lahaina to join the school in a community-wide Anti-Bully Walk on Friday, Nov, 4, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Representatives from state government and the Mayor’s Office will participate.

Starting on Niheu Street in the neighborhood below the campus, the walk will be led by the Lahainaluna High School Band, followed by students and families of Princess Nahi’ena’ena School. Maui Police Department will be present to ensure the safety of all participants.

The school invites everyone to attend or watch the walk to show support for stopping bullying in our community.