Bullying and teen suicide were the subjects of recent hearings in Harrisburg. State rep. Paul Clymer says, times have changed, allowing school bullies to mentally torture their victims through social media.
“Continues throughout the day, throughout the week, throughout the weekend, there is never an end to it. A person who is being bullied entrenches and sometimes does not want to tell their parents or their teacher that they are being bullied and kind of keep it to themselves.”
Clymer say, three bills have been introduced. He hopes parts of all three measures can be included in a final bullying bill that can be finished and ready for the Governor’s signature on June 30th. Clymer was a guest Tuesday morning with Darryl Berger on WNPV's New AM-Edition.
Lansdale officials have lowered the minimum age for joining the Lansdale Public Library. Children as young as five can now get a membership. Borough Council Vice President Mary Fuller points out that most kids start kindergarten at five and can use the school library at that age and since the idea is to inspire children to read, five is an appropriate age for library membership too. Fuller also says there are plenty of events on tap this summer for five-year-olds as well as older library patrons.
Students and staff at Souderton Area High School have good reason to be smiling today. U-S News and World Report released its ranking for “Best High Schools” in the United States. In Pennsylvania, Souderton Area High School was ranked 38th out of 687 schools. The ranking examined math and reading rates and rated how disadvantaged students performed, along with college readiness performance. Souderton Area High School Principal Sam Varano says, the ranking shows how hard students, teachers, parents and the community have worked to earn this recognition.
The North Penn School Board is taking stock of the district. Tuesday night it received a comprehensive report on more than two dozen indicators that point toward future trends. Among them are steady enrollment in the elementary schools as well as increases in employee retention. The district website has had more than 660,000 hits since the start fo the school year. Twitter and You Tube activity are up too. The aggregate market value of real estate per student is slightly above the county average while personal income per child is south of the median point. Those two indicators are important because Harrisburg uses them to determine how much state aid the district will get.