South Fayette parents discuss school bullying

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South Fayette parents told the school board tonight they want to ensure students are comfortable with reporting bullying incidents.

About a dozen residents attended the board meeting, after news reports that a South Fayette High School student was reported to police and convicted of disorderly conduct for making an audio recording of his alleged bullies during class.

Parent Deb Whitewood, a Parent-Teacher Association member, said school district policies support creating a safe environment where students are encouraged to report bullying with the assurance they will be heard and the issue will be dealt with appropriately.

“Clearly, from what I’ve heard, this didn’t happen in this situation,” she said.

Parent Michelle Winterhalter said the recent incident is an opportunity to improve the district’s anti-bullying program.

“This isn’t the first case that’s been handled questionably,” she said. “This isn’t the first child that’s left this school feeling not protected and not represented.”

Superintendent Bille Rondinelli said she was unable to comment on the matter because it involves a student and litigation.

Andrea Iglar, freelance writer:

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