Manning High holds anti-bullying presentations

BY DANNY KELLY danny@theitem.com
Posted 10/30/18

Sgt. Rich Schneider with the National Guard gave two anti-bullying presentations on Friday to Manning High School students.

"It's a huge honor. I take pride in it," he said of doing the presentations. "I live in Manning, my wife teaches in …

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Sgt. Rich Schneider with the National Guard gave two anti-bullying presentations on Friday to Manning High School students.

"It's a huge honor. I take pride in it," he said of doing the presentations. "I live in Manning, my wife teaches in Manning, and my kids go to school in Manning, so I want to make Manning and the rest of the county the best we can."

Schneider had a lot of information to share with the students, but one thing stood out in particular.

"The main thing is building respect within the community," he said.

Schneider taught the students about the H.E.A.R program, which stands for "helping everyone achieve respect."

"Everyone needs to be heard, victims and bullies," he said.

Manning High School guidance counselor Marlene Hodge also has a strong opinion on bullying.

"We don't tolerate bullying at Manning High School or in this school district," she said. "We have a pledge, posters and make announcements to reinforce that statement. We don't want it going on, and we give them tools to deal with it."

Hodge also shared how students should report bullying.

"Some come in and see a (guidance) counselor, who calls an administrator, and some go straight to an administrator," she said. "Administrators deal with it promptly, and it's all confidential. Students are good about telling if there's something going on."

Schneider encourages any school that has a bullying problem to reach out to him or the National Guard.

"If anybody does need this program," he said, "you can reach out to the National Guard for a free presentation."