Community rallies to discuss school bullying

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Community rallies to discuss school bullying

Sheriff promises to lead the way on policies
About 70 people joined a the Four Corners Bully Prevention Forum held Thursday evening at the Cortez Recreation Center.
Participants in the Four Corners Bully Prevention Forum were encouraged to turn in suggestions to stop bullying.
About 70 people joined Four Corners Bully Prevention Forum held Thursday evening at the Cortez Recreation Center.
Action team will discuss suicide prevention

Training, developing resources and listening to the community will be the next steps for local stakeholders in the effort to prevent suicide.
Various area agencies were represented in a group of about 30 that met Friday afternoon at the Cortez Police Department. The Re-1 School District and Ute Mountain Ute tribe were represented, as well as various youth services organizations and local law enforcement agencies.
Kellie Willis of the Piñon Project and Rebecca Larson of Omni Institute led the meeting.
“I’m guessing you’re all here because there’s more we can all do,” Larson told the group.
The meeting was a followup of sorts to a forum Thursday hosted by the Four Corners Bully Prevention group at the Cortez Rec Center. While that meeting focused on personal stories of bullying struggles, the focus for Friday’s event was suicide prevention and community development.
Group members first identified projects that are going well in the area, which included educational programs, crisis response teams and relationships between schools and law enforcement agencies.
Larson then asked each person in the group to write down strategies that could be improved or developed further. People worked in groups to whittle down the lists, which eventually became focus areas for improvement. From that, the group developed lists for the next steps, which included more training, developing and researching resources, as well as listening and prioritizing with members of the community.
An eight-member action team, including people who attended the meeting, will move forward with those focus areas. The Piñon Project will continue working with the action team and group members.
The action team likely will organize some public meetings to get input from the community, Larson said.
“How do we centralize our resources and make sure people know what’s out there,” Larson said. “Everything will be documented to see how to start moving forward.”

Community rallies to discuss school bullying

About 70 people joined a the Four Corners Bully Prevention Forum held Thursday evening at the Cortez Recreation Center.
Participants in the Four Corners Bully Prevention Forum were encouraged to turn in suggestions to stop bullying.
About 70 people joined Four Corners Bully Prevention Forum held Thursday evening at the Cortez Recreation Center.
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