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Are Hauppauge School District's Anti-Bullying Policies Working?

District parents voice concern over whether Hauppauge Public School's anti-bullying policies are working after news of a recent fight at the middle school.

Parents are raising questions about the Hauppauge school district's anti-bullying policies, what are they and whether they are strong enough to protect their children after a recent incident.

Patch reader Beth LaManna posted this question on Hauppauge Patch's Facebook page on Tuesday, " Anti-Bullying programs in your school in the Hauppauge School District, are they working?"

April Buzzanca was quick to respond to LaManna's question.

"Being a parent of two children in a Hauppauge elementary school, I would say, not enough! I think the programs they are implementing would work IF they would punish the child/ren who disobey the rules, which is not happening. I would hate to read about our school in the paper one day," Buzzanca wrote.

The question comes on the heels of an incident at Hauppauge Middle School that has parents concerned. 

Hauppauge parent Rob Scarito raised his concerns about a rumor he had heard about a fight at on Jan. 30. at Tuesday night's board meeting.

"There was an altercation between a group of students at the middle school last week," said Superintendent Patricia Sullivan-Kriss. "As a district we followed our code of conduct and addressed the issues that existed.

The superintendent said she could not comment further on the specific incident in question due to the student's right to privacy. Suffolk County police said no report of an incident or fight was made to the Fourth Precinct.

Hauppauge parent Rob Scarito said he is concerned for students' safety. His son was previously burned by another student with a soldering iron, who then received one day of in-school suspension, according to Scarito. He would like to see the district take more action in such cases and stricter penalties for students who bully or harm others.

Our question asks: Do you feel Hauppauge Public School's anti-bully policies are working? Do you feel the Code of Conduct is strong enough, or do you believe more action needs to be taken?

Tell us in the comments below.

HallieS March 02, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Well, I certainly hope that you push as far to make sure that the teacher is and Ms. Sullivan Kris discuss this deeply and that the teacher may need to have some additional training on "bullying" herself and on her code of conduct. Words are very powerful. Every good teacher knows that as they should. Children do need to learn not to lie, but at their tender age some are deliberate and some are not. She needs to know how to communicate her concern of them not telling the truth in a positive way. I hope this teacher learns something as well from this incident. Stay strong!
me again March 04, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Thanks again, dear Hallie. The teacher was bullying, wasn't she? Yes, I do hope she learned something from it. The first time she accused him was that he had colored on part of a poem. My son tells her that Mom did it. She says, "No, Junior, you are "l--ing", you did it." Fact it, it was late, I was helping him with his homework, and yes, I did it. Absolutely, I was the colorer.. I get her on the phone about the "L" word and she tells me that scenario. I said, "Well, yes, I did it. It was late, I was helping . . . " Silence from her - lots of silence. I tell her (on the phone) that I'm not o.k with that word, he is perceiving it as a label as you use that word so often, please don't use that word, I'm not O.K. with it. Very Next Day she uses the word again. Again, over trivial nonsense that she wrongly accused him of. Eeesh. I became a real mad, angry mamma bear after that and did not let up. As you know, he's in another class now and could not be happier. Thanks for listening, so very, very much.
coco October 07, 2012 at 09:58 PM
My Child has been the target of many of the kids ..Tormented and teased for yr and bullied ... has always walked away from trouble but now over a long period of time my child has felt backed into a corner and pushed back .How much can one kid put up with ? The School is Always Working on it but nothing gets done !!! My child has been tested by their Doctor and he feels that my child is suffering from Depression and Anxiety from all of this ...When will the school district step up and do something , This is not fair to any child all my kid wants to do is get an education and cant .... Need to find myself a good attorney who wont back down from this district and address this growing epidemic that is also killing our children and I Wont be a parent who is burying there child !!!
me again October 07, 2012 at 11:12 PM
So sorry, Coco. After dealing with the same and Bretton Woods being fairly useless, my boy has started to fight back and it's a good thing. I told his school that I'm glad he is standing up for himself physically as they have failed to protect him. After talking to lots of people and a legal friend, I'd next go to the police. File a formal charge against the children every single time. Have you spoke to Ms. Kriss, the district superintendant? She was a bit more useful than the teachers/principal of the school he's in (Bretton Woods). Cause a great big fuss every way you can, scream at them (teacher, principal, Ms. Kriss), call the Police each and every time, threaten, IMO. Hate to be this way but there is no choice.
Naomi corrieri September 06, 2013 at 09:05 PM
I don't know what the Hauppauge district policy is but I think I am about to find out; sooner than later. There's this boy bullying my son who is 2 feel taller than him and much heavier. He is constantly harassing him in school and online. He's even threatened to stab my son. Of course my son doesn't think he will act on it but he is very stressed about returning to school this year and riding the bus with him again. My son lives with his dad in NY, I live in Georgia. My son's dad has confronted this kid on on the phone on several occasions (while he was harassing my son), only for the kid to smear my son's name on Facebook calling him nasty names because his dad had threatened to call the police. The kid called to tell my son he was coming over to hurt him; what was my son's dad to do? The bully is 6' tall, weights >180 lbs and is on several sport teams in the school. His mom, I heard, owns a law firm and probably has no idea her son is doing this. My son is only 5' 6", very passive, friendly, and kind and fears retaliation. I feel somewhat helpless that I live so far away and I've recently undergone hand surgery but even so, if I hear from my son that this kid continues to harass when he returns to school and especially after he has been reported to the principal, I will drive myself to NY with one hand and confront the school myself. I will address the board and threaten to hold them responsible if anything happens to my son as a result of their inaction. I've advised my son to have someone video tape the daily abusive encounters this way we have visual proof. Let it be known, (to the school's officials), that I will not hesitate to make those videos VERY public if they do not find a way to put a stop to this. Bully's should be taken seriously these days; we live in a different world now. I truly hope the principal or someone in charge at the high school reads this post and contacts me before it has to come to that! I know the boy's name and have photos of him.

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