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Horry County Schools see decrease in bullying

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - The Horry County School Board will hear a presentation on bullying at it's meeting Monday, and according to school officials, there's a 41 percent reduction in the number of bullying incidents.

This time last year there were 230 reports of bullying in Horry County Schools as compared to 130 this year.

The district credits anti-bullying initiatives at a number of schools as well as giving teachers more resources on how to respond and recognize bullying. Parents we talked to say this is good news considering the damage bullying can cause.

"It makes you feel miserable, and it has an affect on how you grow up," says parent April Bessant.

The district wants students to fight back through empowerment. At Whittemore Park the school counselor says R.O.A.R. respect, organization, achievement and responsibility is a school wide expectation, not just something the school does during the anti-bullying month.

Initiatives and how well they are working will all be covered in a presentation during the meeting as the district works to get the number of bullying incidents down to zero.

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