School District Holds Meeting To Discuss Bullying

October 3, 2011 Updated Oct 3, 2011 at 11:23 PM EDT

By Lou Chilelli

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October 3, 2011 Updated Oct 3, 2011 at 11:23 PM EDT

TOWN OF AMHERST, N.Y. (WKBW) -- Two weeks after the suicide death of Williamsville North High School freshman, Jamey Rodemeyer... parents and district leaders met to talk about the problem of persistent bullying. The Williamsville School District used the its monthly Williamsville North High School parent, teacher, student association meeting to update the community on what it is doing to combat bullying. More than 100 members of the community listened as the district superintendent outlined the schools actions of the last two weeks. He told the group in the Williamsville North High School auditorium, that the response to the suicide of Jamey Rodemeyer had to be carefully thought out.

"There is a great deal of research, experts tell us, that suicide can be contagious...that once one young person commits suicide...it can almost give permission to others to follow suit," district superintendent Dr. Scott Martzloff explained. The audience, made up of mostly parents, got a chance to comment and ask questions. "The most important thing for me...is the realization that children need to be monitored on line," one woman said.

"Now Williamsville can now do one of two things...it can revolutionize the ways schools handle bullying...begin to really improve the lives of their students...or they can carry on until things settle down and let more kids get harassed," stated another woman.

An investigation into all of the recent bulling accusations is on going. "As a school district, as a community, as a school...we can address this the best way possible so that it never happens to another child ever again," Martzloff added. The superintendent says the district is working hard to change this tragic event into a positive...as the schools move forward.