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Superintendent says steps can be taken beyond school district to prevent bullying

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Bullying. It's a problem that has plagued our schools for decades.

We spoke with Hallsville Independent School District Superintendent Jim Dunlap about his opinion on bullying. He says awareness about the problem is growing.

"I think there is more awareness of it than in previous years. Certainly bullying has been with us forever, but our people are much more aware of it and I think our parents are much concerned about it," said Dunlap.

Dunlap says there is a systematic process in most districts for concerned parents to be heard.

"If the teacher is not addressing it appropriately, than certainly go to the principal. If the principal is not addressing it appropriately, then go to the superintendent. If the superintendent isn't addressing it appropriately, then go to the board of trustees," said Dunlap.

Concerned parents like Jennifer, who has a daughter in 6th grade in another district, have emailed KLTV saying the process doesn't work.
"I've seen both the principal and vice principal at my daughter's East Texas school but the bullying continues. Where do I go from here since my please are falling on deaf ears," asked Jennifer.

Dunlap says there are legal steps parents can take beyond the district.

"There is a process in place. There are legal rights that those parents have and any time they feel as if we have not done what we're suppose to do, they have that right of obligation to pursue legal action," said Dunlap. "They can pursue some type of support from the Texas Education Agency. Those are the steps to follow."

Region 7 officials say it is also important for parents to look at their school district's code of conduct and read their bullying policies.

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