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Oklahoma City-based group seeks bullying policy reforms after Perkins boy, 11, committed suicide

An advocacy group has mailed a letter to the Perkins-Tryon School Board members asking the district to revamp its bullying prevention programs in the wake of the an 11-year-old's suicide. The boy's parents believe bullying at school contributed to the boy's death.

BY MICHAEL BAKER Modified: June 22, 2010 at 10:57 am •  Published: June 22, 2010

PERKINS — A group backing parents who say their 11-year-old son committed suicide after being bullied at school mailed a letter Monday to local school board members.

The letter, signed by Mark Brennaman of Education Advocacy Group, was sent in support of Kirk and Laura Smalley, whose son committed suicide May 13. The recently formed Oklahoma City-based group is pushing for better training to help prevent bullying in schools.

Although Perkins-Tyron School Superintendent James Ramsey said there was no evidence Ty Field was bullied at school, family members believe otherwise.

"The Smalleys are not interested in initiating legal action of any kind, nor are they interested in seeing anyone fired; but they do believe that the school system is inaccurately claiming that bullying played no role in his (Ty's) death,” the letter sent Monday states.

The letter also requests the school district do five things to prevent bullying:

• Mail a Safe Call Helpline brochure to all parents of students, teachers, administrators and other staff.

• Schedule a bullying prevention workshop next semester.

• Place a link on the schools' website to the Oklahoma Safe Call Helpline. has disabled the comments for this article.


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