Bullying concerns brought before school board

Anti-bullying rally held Saturday

By Matt Lasley - mlasley@civitasmedia.com

Family members of students in the Grayson County school system addressed the Grayson County School Board Thursday night, June 9 regarding the alleged bullying of their children.

Jason Decker, his ex-wife, Amanda Johnson, and members of Decker’s family attended the June 9 School Board meeting to express concern over an alleged lack of action to prevent the bullying of Decker and Johnson’s children, one of whom is a student in Grayson County Middle School and the other of whom is a student in Caneyville Elementary School.

Decker said during the meeting that his children have been consistently bullied on the school bus, but the school system has taken no action to prevent the bullying.

Decker said he repeatedly attempted to contact school officials to have the problem addressed, but was unable to reach them.

Then, in April of this year, Decker said he stepped onto the bus to address the issue himself but did not speak to anyone specifically while on the bus.

Decker said he did so with the permission of his children’s school bus driver; however, one week later, Decker was arrested for Disorderly Conduct for illegally setting foot on a school bus.

“Bullying is illegal, and something should be done about it,” Decker said.

Grayson County Schools Superintendent Doug Robinson, who said he had not received a message from Decker regarding the bullying issue, told Decker that school officials, including Grayson County Middle School Principal Jim Blain and Assistant Superintendent Mitch Crump, would address the issue and form a plan to prevent further bullying before the start of the next school year.

“We want what’s best for the kids,” Robinson said.

“I assure you I will meet with you before school starts to develop a plan and solve the problem,” said Crump, adding that he had not received the messages Decker said he had left for him.

However, Crump said that just as no one other than a school official should address Decker’s children, Decker should not have attempted to take the matter of his children’s bullying into his own hands.

“Two wrongs don’t make a right,” Crump said.

Johnson then addressed the School Board regarding her son’s bullying, saying that it hurts to have her son come home and say he hates school because he is picked on.

“He’s a good kid, and he’s been taught…you treat people how they want to be treated,” Johnson said. “He deserves a fair chance just like any other child.”

Crump requested that anyone with concerns about bullying in the schools contact him and advise him of the issue.

“Any time you have a question, let me know,” said Crump. “The number one thing we want is your kid to have a great experience at Grayson County Schools.”

Then on Saturday morning, June 11, Decker, his parents, and his nephew held an anti-bullying rally on Leitchfield Public Square, holding signs encouraging the community to stand against bullies.

During the rally, Decker said he intends to sue the school system for failing to prevent his son’s bullying. Decker’s legal representative declined to comment on the matter.

In other business:

*With one motion the School Board approved the following items:

a. The bond of depository with Wilson and Muir Bank and Cecilian Bank for Grayson County Public School funds for 2016-2018;

b. Bids on fuel for the 2016-2017 school year;

c. Bids on bus parts and supplies for the 2016-2017 school year;

d. The textbook purchasing plans for Clarkson and Wilkey Elementary Schools;

e. The Grayson County Food Service Procurement Plan, pending further documentation from the Kentucky Department of Education;

f. The GFS Easy Pay Transfer Agreement;

g. The District Assurances for all of Grayson County Public Schools, including any private schools that receive funding from the district;

h. Creating a special needs aide position (one-on-one) at Grayson County Middle School;

i. The Physical Therapy Professional Service Contract with Rough River Physical Therapy, PLLC for the 2016-2017 school year;

j. An increase in daycare rates, effective Aug. 1, 2016: an increase from $3.00 to $3.50 per hour, with a one-hour minimum, and half-hour increments after that; and an increase from $15.00 to $17.00 for the full-day rate;

k. A shortened school day for a student at Lawler Elementary School for the 2016-2017 school year;

l. Two trip requests from Grayson County High School;

m. A request from an employee for a leave of absence from May 25, 2016 through the end of the school year.


Anti-bullying rally held Saturday

By Matt Lasley


Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

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