Cyber Bullying 101: Faculty at Bullitt Central High School learn how to deal


by Adam Walser

Posted on January 21, 2010 at 6:45 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 22 at 1:23 AM

(WHAS11) - Faculty members at Bullitt Central High School learn first-hand about the consequences of bullying just two months after a student was attacked there.

The father of a young woman who took her own life back in 2006 told his story and told them about the warning signs they should be looking for among their students.

Bullying has been going on in high school hallways and lunchrooms since the first schools were built.

 But when it happens these days, it's often captured with a camera phone, and the images or words are spread across campus in seconds through cyberspace.

On Thursday, teachers learned how to deal with this growing threat to student safety.

Surveying the hallways of Bullitt Central High, it's hard to tell who might be in danger, which of the 1,300 students fear for their lives, or are plotting to hurt others in person or on line.

Kaitlyn Hall was suddenly attacked by a girl she says she barely knew in the lunchroom last November.

“My nose is broke and my ribs are bruised from her sitting on me,” Hall said.  “Everybody was videotaping.”

The incident was circulated by cell phone, even sent to Kaitlyn's sister, who ran to find her.

“She was covered in blood. her clothes were bloody,” said Markaela Oller, Kaitlyn’s sister. “Her shoes were bloody. Everything was just blood and I sat there and cried with her.”

The incident led the school to hold a teacher training session aimed at addressing bullying.

The speaker was Mark Neblett, whose daughter Rachael, an East Bullitt High School student, received anonymous  on line threats on her MySpace account for two months. 

“I did not recognize it,” said Neblett. “I was old school. I was telling my daughter "don't worry about it. this kid's gonna forget you tomorrow and move on to someone else.’”

The bully didn't stop until Rachael took her own life.

“That's the hardest thing I learned in the death of my daughter is being old school , we can't do that anymore. we've got to get out of it.”

The teachers were taught the warning signs and how or when to intervene.

“You're looking over your shoulder the whole time. You can't learn,” said Neblett.

 They'll pass their new knowledge along to students next week….the people with the real power to stop it.