COLUMBIA — Students in Columbia have asked the school district to augment its education about bullying.
In grades 6 to 8, students have a 50-minute lecture once a year about the issues of bullying, suicide and depression. The group of ninth-graders from West Junior High School told the Columbia Public Schools policy committee recently there should be a monthly class about the issues.
Chandler Randol and his classmate, Haley Benson, said the class could cycle through the schedule so as to not take away time from any one class.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that the pair represented a team of West Junior students that earned second place for its bullying proposal in the statewide "Project Citizen" competition. The students decided to tackle suicide because they saw it as a growing issue.