AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – As the school year begins, bullying in schools is back in the spotlight.
A local organization is a revolutionizing how they prepare students for the Georgia Milestones through anti-bullying tools.
C.S.R.A. Saving Our Students Inc. is starting a year-long initiative to pair students with a mentor they can go-to for anything.
The organization is also helping students keep tabs on bullying incidents, that is also further developing their writing abilities.
“It’s not child’s play anymore,” said Derwin Jackson, the founder of Derwin Jackson Ministries. “Kids are actually losing their lives over this.”
The alarming number of suicide rates, caused by bullying, has jump started an anti-bullying campaign in the C.S.R.A.
“When you hear about these kids committing suicide… they are leaving notes and they are saying the reason why is because I was bullied,” Jackson told WJBF NewsChannel 6.
Elementary school teacher, Annettea Mills says last year she gave a few of her students a notebook and encouraged them to write about their experiences. She uncovered her students found more than just an outlet in writing down their thoughts.
“And their moms text me… Ms.Mills WOW! WOW! The difference from day one to three weeks in,” Mills said. “The writing has changed. My child is growing within that.”
As an educator she says if she can put a standard to it she’ll do it. Now she’s taking this tactic and using it to help other students document their bullying incidents in a way that’s going to benefit their education. “What has happened, the dates, the times, who was saw, who was there. But they are strengthening their writing skills for Milestones that are coming up,” said Mills.
C.S.R.A. Saving Our Students is planning to provide dozens of pupils with a spiral notebook to continue this movement.
Still, this isn’t a solution for every situation. Mills says the Board of Education also has a system in place to keep track of this behavior and parents need to use it.
“They need to know that the bullying packet is in existence. You can ask for it. If you feel that your student is being bullied please step-up and ask someone at your school can we start this process.” Mills told WJBF NewsChannel 6.Upcoming Events:
- The Derwin Jackson Ministries is hosting a 3-day ‘Search and Rescue.’ It will be held August 18th through August 20th and will begin nightly at 7 p.m.
- Thursday, August 25th, C.S.R.A. Saving Our Students is hosting a bullying panel discussion from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Springfield Baptist Church