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Auburndale acts to prevent bullying

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By Bonnie Shelton

AUBURNDALE (WAOW)--A letter sent home from Auburndale school administrators raises concerns for some parents. The letter addresses bullying at the middle-high school.

In the letter, administrators cite no specific incidence of bullying, but instead outline a pro-active plan to nip the problem in the bud.

The letter, which is signed by District Administrator Gerald Eichman, Middle/Senior High Principal James Meyer and Elementary Principal Andrew Place, explains that Eichman and Place will spend one to two hours at the middle/high school building daily to deal with inappropriate behavior and build relationships with students.

Eichman confirmed to Newsline 9 over the phone that a student brought a BB gun to school in early November, but the situation was quickly handled. The student was expelled and is no longer in the district. He said the letter was not connected specifically to the incident.

School leaders said they want to make it clear they do not tolerate bullying, and wanted the letter to show parents school councilors and administration are working hard to stop bullying.

Charles Northway and his wife have a daughter who will be attending the school next year. They said they haven't had any problems with bullying at the elementary school.

Online Reporter: Bonnie Shelton

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