By ALLISON SEIBEL
When Mill Creek Elementary school counselor Jeanine Riggert asked a group of adults Monday night to stand if they’d ever been bullied or teased, she was surprised by the response.
“Wow,” Riggert said. “I wasn’t expecting you all to stand up,”
The Mill Creek PTA discussed bullying during its meeting. About 15 parents attended the discussion, which Riggert and Principal Mary Sue Gibson led. Gibson said she chose the topic after recent publicity about young people who have taken their own lives after being bullied.
During the presentation, one parent said her child was bullied at another school. She said a group of kids threatened to smear peanut butter on her child who has a peanut allergy.
“We can’t be with our children 24/7, so we need to equip them with knowledge on how to handle situations,” PTA President Nicole Morris said.
Riggert passed out a list of cyberbullying prevention tips, and encouraged parents to keep communication open with their children by asking questions about school and the Internet.