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

• Place a link on the schools' website to the Oklahoma Safe Call Helpline.

→Expand the district's bullying policy to include bullying prevention education on a regular basis.

• Invite the Smalleys to submit a written statement regarding their son's death.

Ramsey has said the school will ask the state Education Department to evaluate the school district's bullying policy and recommend any needed changes.

Brennaman said more than 30 people showed up Saturday at the Smalleys' Perkins home for a community meeting regarding bullying in the schools.

A large group of supporters plans to attend school board meetings until the bullying policy is strengthened, Brennaman said.

"We really want them to take a hard look at their policy manual,” he said.

"We plan on attending every single school board meeting that takes place until they do make some changes. We feel like we are going to make a difference.”

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