Hoover parents meet to hear ways to deal with bullying

HOOVER, AL (WBRC) - By Emily Luxen

HOOVER, AL (WBRC) - Hoover City Schools' officials and parents are fighting back against bullying. The school district hosted the first ever Bullying Prevention Parent Information Night as a way to educate parents about the problem.

The event featured several guest speakers including Tina Meier, the mother of a Missouri teenager who committed suicide after a cyber bullying attack in 2006.     

Organizers hope the event taught parents about different types of bullying, how to spot bullying and how to work together to stop it.

"It's important we all get together as parents, schools, and community groups to help kids be resilient and understand how to deal with bullying," said the chairperson of the Bullying Prevention Committee of Hoover Schools, Carissa Anthony.

Officials said parents can look for some common warning signs that may indicate a child is bullied. Here are a few:

- the child has few friends
- seems afraid of going to school
- has lost interest in school work
- suddenly does poorly in school
- child experiences a loss of appetite
- complains of headaches and physical aliments

Hoover parents say bullying is a tricky problem to solve. They would like all the help they can get.

"I don't know much about it. And I guess that is my concern," said Robert Ruckman. "The more I know, the better I can help my children."

"I know it goes on in Hoover schools, so any information we can get on the problem is good information," said Lloyd Baker, Jr..

Hoover City Schools officials plan to put a video version of the event on the district's website so everyone will be able to watch the presentation.

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