OXFORD – No one needs to tell students what bullying is. They see it everyday in the hallways, in locker rooms, on the playground, in classrooms, in emails, text messages, and on social networking sites. What they don’t necessarily know is how to put a stop to it.
“It’s an issue at all schools,” explained Christine Pierce. Since September, the Oxford High School principal has made it her mission to empower students to take a stand against bullying rather than view it as something which needs to be endured as a rite of passage. To accomplish this, she is working closely with the building’s faculty and staff, as well as enlisted the help of the school’s resource officer, Trooper Richard Siefert.
To include students in the discussion, Pierce and Siefert have been going into classrooms to speak with small groups of students about bullying and its effect on the climate and culture of Oxford High School.
“They have to be part of the solution,” said Siefert, a 24-year veteran of the New York State Police who has spent the last 6 years as a resource officer for Oxford and Sherburne-Earlville.