The Bell County Board of Education has taken action against bullying in local schools by contracting the services of Keith Deltano.
“Some victims of bullying have experienced life-long emotional and social problems due to their experiences,” said Sandy Robbins with the Bell County School district in an email.
The program is being provided through the county’s Community Education program and Title I.
Deltano has served and worked with youth for a number of years and was honored with the Teaching Excellence Award as well as being listed in Who’s Who of America’s Teachers and Outstanding Young Men of America. He has also received the National Impact Award for his work with parent outreach and education.
Drawing from his years of public education service and observation, Deltano has created numerous skits that unveil bullying and get to the source of the problem.
By using comedy Deltano broaches the subjects of “mean girls”, status clothes, “in” groups and cliques in a way that is relatable to students, making bullies and those who he deems “spectators” take a hard look at their actions.
The parent workshops on bullying and online safety will teach parents to be more aware of what their children are doing online because Deltano believes that online bullying is directly connected with school bullying.
Deltano will spend two days going to various schools throughout the county.
On Wednesday, Deltano will visit Bell High School from 8:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m., Bell Central School Center from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Yellow Creek from 12:20 p.m. to 1:20 p.m., Lone Jack School Center from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and host a workshop for parents at Bell High at 6 p.m.
On Thursday, Deltano will visit Frakes from 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., Right Fork School Center from noon to 1 p.m. and Page School Center 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.).
Katlin Brock can be contacted at 606-248-1010, ext. 1135 or on Twitter @KatlinBrockMDN.