Williamsville Community Comes Together To Fight Bullying

October 4, 2011 Updated Oct 4, 2011 at 9:22 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By By Jaclyn Asztalos

October 4, 2011 Updated Oct 4, 2011 at 9:22 AM EDT

Williamsville, N.Y. (WKBW) - The Williamsville North High School auditorium was filled with parents and school administrators gathered to discuss not only the issue of bullying but also suicide prevention.

This comes just two weeks after Jamey Rodemeyer, 14, took his own life. Parents blame his death on years of bullying by fellow students.

At the meeting, the superintendent updated parents on what the district is doing to combat bullying. He said they are hiring trainers to make sure the staff is better prepared to intervene when it comes to bullying. The district is also considering initiating an anti-bullying program for teachers and students.

The schools will also have more teachers monitoring the hallways to get a sense of what students are doing and saying. They are hoping all these actions will lead to a safer environment for students.

"There's a great deal of research that experts tell us that suicide can be contagious. Once one person commits suicide it could almost give permission to other to follow suit," Superintendent Scott Martzloff said.

The Martzloff said that if parents are not happy with the response they are getting from the district, they could call his office directly.

An internal investigation into the case is ongoing at this time.