Midwest City-Del City School District will use website to combat bullying

Midwest City-Del City School District students, teachers and parents will have access to a website that will allow them to report bullying anonymously.
BY MATT PATTERSON mpatterson@opubco.com Modified: August 27, 2012 at 9:14 pm •  Published: August 28, 2012

“For a lot of kids, just the act of speaking out can be the scariest part,” Novakovic said. “If you think back to being a kid, going to the principal's office was always a little intimidating. When they can do that at their computers, it doesn't seem so scary.”

Novakovic said the website also can be used by teachers to report internal bullying issues among faculty and administration, but he said the majority of reports generated deal with student-on-student bullying.

Dunn said the website is another way to keep students in the district safe. She said bullying at Mid-Del School isn't necessarily worse than in other districts its size, but it is something officials are concerned about. A fight between two Midwest City High School students in December made local news after video of the incident was posted online.

“We've been charged with the safety of our students, and any time they are in conflict with one another, it's our responsibility to intercept and to intervene so that we can continue to have the best learning environment possible,” Dunn said.