A group of about 25 to 30 students gathered across the street from Hull High School before school on Friday, April 1 in a show of solidarity for a classmate following a complaint regarding a bullying incident.
“We appreciated that they gathered peacefully and respectfully about an issue they feel passionate about,” Superintendent of Schools Judith Kuehn told The Hull Times in response to an inquiry.
The gathering took place after HPS received the complaint, the details of which were withheld by the school department due to privacy concerns.
“The high school administration immediately began an investigation into the matter, interviewing multiple students who were reportedly involved and notifying their family members,” Kuehn said. “All students, whether they are the one reporting or the one being investigated, are protected by state and federal law, which means that we are prohibited from discussing anything specific about a student that would violate confidentiality. We are bound by law to keep things private for all involved.”
The HPS has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to bullying, and all accusations of this kind are taken seriously, according to Kuehn. “As part of the morning announcements last Friday, students and staff were reminded about the reporting process and about the zero tolerance policy. Students then had time with their teachers to reinforce the importance of these procedures.”
The Hull High School Student Handbook clearly outlines the HPS’ core values “that we strive to promote, and included in these values is acting in a way that is welcoming and inclusive for all,” Kuehn said.