Waco High works to eliminate bullying in schools
WACO -- A study done by the American Justice Department found one in four students will be abused by another youth this month, and each day, 160,000 children miss school for fear of being bullied. At Waco High School, students are working to improve those numbers.
Waco High School manages bullying from the inside, with students helping students. Student ambassadors are trained to help students in hopes of stopping any school violence. With reports of students around the U.S. committing suicide due to bullying, ambassadors say they don't want that to happen at their school.
One ambassador, Devin Scott, says it's a great feeling to know you can help other students out. "Recently, I saw a kid knock over somebody's folder, knock down their papers, and told them to get out of the way. I kind of went over there and helped him and walked with him to class," says Scott.
Matthew Strattman is a teacher who leads the student ambassadors. He says bullying is painful to see.
"I can stop it immediately in class. I mean, that's not hard at all, but the moment they step outside of my door, that power goes away," Strattman said.
Strattman says that's where bullying is the biggest problem, when it goes unnoticed by monitors in the hallway.
The hallways are where student ambassadors begin their mission to stop bullying by supporting and listening to other students.
Ambassadors go through six hours of training to learn how to deal with violence and work with teachers to stop it. Teachers say the program has done its job of getting bullying under control. Despite isolated incidents every once in a while, students say they don't see it often at Waco High.