Coming Together to Fight Bullying

September 28, 2011 Updated Sep 28, 2011 at 1:58 PM EDT

By WKBW News

...
September 28, 2011 Updated Sep 28, 2011 at 1:58 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - The death of Williamsville North Freshman Jamey Rodemeyer, 14, has sparked change here in Western New York and around the country but what do students, parents, school officials and politicians have to say about the best way to combat bullying.

"I think the teachers should talk more about bullying," student Joaliz Lopez said.

"I think we all need to come together to fight against this," Sparkle Greene added.

There are many ways to try to decrease bullying in a school and officials at the Charter School for Applied Technologies said to use as many resources as possible. They've set up a stop bullying page on their website where people can anonymous report incidents. Director of Student Services Garric Loveria said it is better to stop bullying before it even starts.

"It's about being proactive. Bullying is not a new phenomenon it's been going on forever but it's how the school reacts," Loveria said.

Senator Charles Schumer agrees. He said he wants to give schools the resources to do react in the right manner with the help of new legislation.

"I want to set up rule that every school must have a person on staff that is trained that when you are feeling bullied you can go to," Schumer said.

Greene likes the Senator's proposal.

"I feel like the children have to feel that they can go to someone and sometimes they don't feel comfortable going to an adult so to have a specific person, that would work," Greene said.

Although she thinks more help in schools would be beneficial, she said anti-bullying lessons start with the family.

"It starts at home. Parents need to teach their kids to be compassionate. Put yourself in someone else's shoes," Greene said.

She said the bottom line is that everyone, parents, schools and politicians have to work together to stop bullying before it's too late for another child.