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Committee meets to discuss changes to school policy

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By Elizabeth Gentle - bio | email

MADISON, AL (WAFF) - Madison School leaders spent the day discussing safety, and possible changes to safety policies for students and faculty in Madison City Schools.

This is all happening in response to a deadly school shooting at Discovery Middle School February 5th. Hammad Memon is charged with the murder of classmate Todd Brown.

Policy committee members and the board attorney discussed making changes to their harassment policy, and adding in bullying and cyber bullying.

"3-B says its violence, threats of violence, intimidation," said board attorney Woody Sanderson.

The committee expanded that definition to include bullying and cyber bullying.

"In bullying and cyber bullying I have defined it as intentional repeated aggressive behavior," said Sanderson.

The city school system already has a policy on harassment in place, but John Jones, Personnel Director, says there are other things the committee had legal issues with, and because of that, they are looking at an entire overhaul of the school's policy. The committee is considering hiring an outside law firm, which specializes in writing school policy manuals.

"The cost for this will be $15,000 for Madison City Schools," said Jones.

The committee says its worth the money, however. Jones also says revising a school policy is time consuming, and from year to year changes need to be made to ensure all the school's bases are covered for the safety of the faculty and students.

"Without these policies in the student code of conduct it could be total chaos in the school system you need rules and regulations for anything you do," Jones said.

The school system will start with the current policy that's in place until the updated version has been approved by the board. Once that happens, a new policy with changes will be sent to the printer, and a copy will be given to every student in the school.

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