Avon Lake: Schools add bullying hotline

7:57 PM, Sep 21, 2012   |    comments
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AVON LAKE -- Students who attend Avon Lake City Schools can now call an anonymous hotline, to report incidents of bullying.

The school district opened up the hotline on Monday.

The Avon Lake City Schools Bullying Hotline number is (440) 930-8345.

Rocky River and West Geauga schools have a hotline in place as well.

In Avon Lake, students can leave a message on the voicemail system, which is monitored every day.

The message is passed on to the appropriate administrator or counselor, who will look into the problem.

Students at the high school say it takes away some of the embarrassment associated with telling an adult about bullies.

"With all the technology we have, talking face to face about serious things is really scary for some kids," said Hanna Sliwinski, a senior at Avon Lake High School.

Tom Sweeney says bullying isn't a huge problem, to his knowledge, but it's hard to avoid, at the same time.

He hopes students at all grade levels will feel more comfortable talking about bullying, and asking for help now.

"It has a lot to do with secrecy. A bully will approach a kid and say if, 'If you tell anybody, it can only get worse,'" said Sweeney, a senior.

Teachers ask that students are as detailed as possible when they make reports, even if they wish to remain anonymous.


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