Thursday, August 21 2014 5:53 PM EDT2014-08-21 21:53:17 GMT
We have details on a high speed chase that happened late last night in Hinds County. Just before midnight, Hazelhurst Police initiated a pursuit with the driver of an SUV. That chase lasted for severalMore >>
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Parents are concerned about an issue affecting their children....bullying. Some Pine Belt parents say their child's school is doing very little, if anything, to solve the problem.
University of Southern Mississippi Associate Professor of Education in the Department of Curriculum Instruction and Special Education, Hani Morgan, says he has studied bullying for years, has seen bullying worsen in intensity and numbers.
"After I started doing the research, more and more cases related to bullying came up," said Morgan.
Morgan says there isn't a definite answer as to why a child turns in to a bully.
"One of the main reasons that children bully is because they see a lot of violent behavior. It can be in the media or it can be at home," said Morgan.
In Morgan's research, he found attention at home can play a huge role in the creation of a bully.
"There are many students who come from one headed family homes, and they are not getting the attention that they use to get in previous years. There are more one headed families today than every before," said Morgan.
Hani says the lack of a caring environment at home can manifest bullies where a child spends most of their time...at school. Schools are where Morgan says bully prevention is lacking.
"They need to teach students that bullying is wrong and very often that doesn't occur, because teachers are under a tremendous amount of pressure to have students do well on standardized testing that they very often forget to do that," said Morgan.
Morgan explained there are several steps teachers can take to educate students on bullying, and to help school administrators prevent it. Hattiesburg Public School District's Behavioral Specialist Anita Knott says the district has those steps in place for every grade.
"Part of our drama team, they put on a skit to show what bullying is, and they make the students more aware of what the signs and symptoms of bullying are," said Knott.
Knott added the teachers and administration are instructed on the signs of a bully and a victim by a more official authority.
"We have our counselors that are equipped with bullying prevention strategies and techniques," said Knott.
Knott says the schools within the district hold assemblies on bullying prevention, and when there are incidents of bullying Knott says they have a partnership with South Mississippi Rural Health Initiative.
"We have a counselor that comes and does a bullying counseling. She counselors those that have been accused of being the bully," said Knott.
For Morgan, all of the programs HPSD has in place for bullying education and prevention are those that every school needs. If not, Morgan says bullying in secret would snowball and the school would remain unaware, and parents would hear complaints from their child after it's too late.
If you would like to know more about Hattiesburg Public School Districts Bullying Prevention and Education programs contact Anita Knott at 601-544-0811
Friday, August 22 2014 2:00 AM EDT2014-08-22 06:00:08 GMT
This is a news release from Jones County Junior College Monday (August 18) marked the beginning of the fall semester at Jones County Junior College. Students scurried across campus trying to find classesMore >>
Monday (August 18) marked the beginning of the fall semester at Jones County Junior College. Students scurried across campus trying to find classes and meet their new teachers. More >>
Friday, August 22 2014 1:00 AM EDT2014-08-22 05:00:11 GMT
U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), right, is shown an adaptive beach wheelchair for persons with disabilities by Dr. Rebekah Young. (Photo by Charmaine Schmemund)
U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is shown an adaptive beach wheelchair for persons with disabilities by Dr. Rebekah Young, grant coordinator at The University of Southern Mississippi's Institute forMore >>
U.S. Senator Thad Cochran is shown an adaptive beach wheelchair for persons with disabilities by Dr. Rebekah Young, grant coordinator at The University of Southern Mississippi's Institute for Disability Studies.More >>
Friday, August 22 2014 12:03 AM EDT2014-08-22 04:03:30 GMT
University of Southern Mississippi alum Daniel Murin is assisting in laboratory experiments at Scripps Research Institute in San Diego that have led to significant breakthroughs in the fight against Ebola. (Photo by Ana Wang)
This is a news release from the University of Southern Mississippi Daniel Murin is using the research skills he honed in the biochemistry laboratories at The University of Southern Mississippi in theMore >>
Daniel Murin is using the research skills he honed in the biochemistry laboratories at The University of Southern Mississippi in the fight against one of the world's most feared diseases.
Thursday, August 21 2014 11:51 PM EDT2014-08-22 03:51:20 GMT
Southern Miss athletics news release HATTIESBURG, Miss. – The first afternoon practice for the Southern Miss football team here Thursday could almost have been considered a two-a-day session. TheMore >>
The first afternoon practice for the Southern Miss football team here Thursday could almost have been considered a two-a-day session.More >>