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Supe: District in the 'Vanguard' on Anti-Bias,-Bullying Programs

Rich Burns says "numerous positive interventions are exercised on behalf of individual students on a daily basis."

East Hampton School Superintendent Richard Burns released the following statement on Friday afternoon with regard to the alleged bullying of David Hernandez Barros:

The school community is deeply upset by the tragedy of David’s death, and our hearts and prayers are with his family and friends.

It is without question that the issue of bullying behaviors is a very real one in our society. Our school district maintains a progressive, affirming culture of respect and acceptance through student-centered programs and services for families. These include everything from our Gay-Straight Alliance clubs to character education, anti-bias programs, cyber-bullying awareness for student and parents, suicide prevention workshops, and numerous other efforts. We consider our district to be in the vanguard with regard to these efforts, and will continue our commitment to this part of the instructional program.

But it’s not just about programs and awareness. The caring professionals of our small school district are responsive to the needs of every student who walks through our doors. Numerous positive interventions are exercised on behalf of individual students on a daily basis. To the best of its abilities, the district attempts to meet the needs of all students in a direct and personal manner.

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Steven Gaines October 12, 2012 at 08:06 PM
I think you forgot to post page two of the statement. Or does it just end that way, hanging in mid-air? It seems...unresolved. That being said, I believe that the school is pro-active and progressive and a good place.
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) October 12, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Hi, Steve. That is the statement in its entirety. I just posted a PDF of the statement so you can see for yourself (just underneath the photo). Hope you also got to check out the blog that mentions your visit to the school. Here's a link: http://patch.com/B-c0qt
laszlo Lowenstein October 12, 2012 at 08:17 PM
What else could the school say except, "we did everything we could" in bland, corporate-speak ("to the best our abilities," "attempts to meet the needs of students," "exercised on behalf of") It mentions the issue of bullying in "society" without being specific about the problems of bullying in the school itself due to cultural bias and continued ignorance and intolerance among the student population and some of their parents. This press release looks like it was written by a lawyer, not a truly caring institution or its leadership. Maybe that's part of the problem. First you have to admit you have a problem before you can figure out how to fix it. It's lose/lose for everyone and very sad indeed.
Melpo October 12, 2012 at 10:00 PM
You are wrong laszio....
Laura Otto October 13, 2012 at 01:02 PM
I agree with Magaritta . doubt Mr. Lowenstein has a child at EHHS or has ever stepped foot in the school for that matter. That administration is awesome.
Kevin Reynolds October 13, 2012 at 02:29 PM
You do not have to have a child in the school to realize that the school did not specifically acknowledge whether or not they do have a problem and whether they take responsibility for that and whether they have a plan on how to further address it in the future. It is of utmost importance that if there is a problem, to admit it
Kevin Reynolds October 13, 2012 at 02:31 PM
You do not have to have a child in the school to realize that the school did not specifically acknowledge whether or not they do have a problem and whether they take responsibility for that and whether they have a plan on how to further address it in the future. It is of utmost importance that if there is a problem, to admit it
Loretta Lynch October 13, 2012 at 02:48 PM
EHHS has and is a great place for your kids. I know they go all out for the students. If they aren't informed of a problem they can't work on it. My son and daughter in law think the teachers and administration is great.
Kevin Reynolds October 13, 2012 at 02:55 PM
I would like to stand corrected on my last comment. Although the superintendent spoke about the issue of bullying in a global manner, he did knowledge that they have had incidents at the school and they have been proactive and positive in dealing with those incidents. So again I would like to stand corrected.
mother of four October 14, 2012 at 11:35 PM
I have four children in the EHSD. Bullying has been going on for years. I have had meetings with administrators, teachers, etc. I finally called one mother and told her-her son is a bully. She had no idea. The children know who the bullies are. Ask any child in any grade who's the bully and they will name them. If 20 kids say one name-I feel that's a problem. But that would be proactive. So we wait for the bullies to strike and then try to do damage control. Sometimes its too late.

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