District 51 talks bullying with parents

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) -- District 51 wants parents to feel like they're in the loop when it comes to bullying. They spend a lot of time talking to students about the topic, but it's a bit harder to get the message to parents.

"We really want to start bringing parents together in groups and pushing some information out to them because I think we spend a lot of time talking to our kids about these things but we don't spend a lot of time talking with parents about them," Melissa Fisher, a school social worker, said.

Both the school district and local law enforcement are emphasizing that even though you may report bullying and not see immediate results, there is work being done behind the scenes. They also say that the report is a paper trail if the problem continues.

They also talked about how the district defines bullying, some strategies they're using to fight it, and the legal repercussions too.

For parents, a relief to know that bullying isn't being taken lightly.

"My kid's not the only one that's dealing with it, so seeing that was really helpful to know that my kid is not the only one having the issues," Lorna Ward, a parent, said. "They're working on solving it which makes me feel better that they're actually working on it, it just takes time."

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