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I-Team Follow up: Battling Bullies

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Organizations as far out as Philadelphia contacted the 9News I-Team after Monday night's investigation on bullying in East Baton Rouge schools.

Sergeant Don Stone with Crime Stoppers took a total of six bullying tips Tuesday, which is highly unusual."We've actually received bullying tips in this crime stoppers program today telling us that ‘I'm calling you because I saw the crime stoppers bullying story last night on channel 9,'" said Sgt. Stone.

The Crime Stoppers coordinator has partnered with school districts in eight area parishes including East Baton Rouge. They go to area schools and tell children what bullying is and how to avoid it or even recognize it.

"A lot of them that are doing the bullying don't realize what they're doing -- picking on a kid every day. They just see that as being a child," said Sgt. Stone.

As part of their bullying awareness, billboards are already up around town with plans for even more billboards soon. Awareness is what many say is needed on such an important subject and after the I-Team report aired Monday night, the feedback from you, our viewers, has been tremendous.

"I am a parent that at one time has had to deal with the same kind of issues so you know, as a parent of an individual with a disability, your heart goes out," said Cynthia Chesterfield with Families Helping Families.

Families Helping Families is an organization for parents with children with disabilities.

The I-Team report from Monday caused a ripple effect in the community with many demanding answers from the East Baton Rouge School System.

Tuesday, WAFB again reached out to school Superintendent Dr. Bernard Taylor, asking for his response to Monday night's story. We received an email response saying "Dr. Taylor respectfully declines your invitation to be interviewed on this matter."

If you have any bullying complaints, you need to start with the school principal. If you're worried about retaliation and prefer your child's name to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers is the route for you.

"I guarantee you that that information you give us will be forwarded to the proper school administration and you will remain anonymous," said Sgt. Stone.

If you need to reach out to Crime Stoppers, the number is 225-344-7867(STOP).

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