Valhalla PTSA meeting addresses bullying concerns

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VALHALLA -

Parents packed a Westchester high school Tuesday night to learn how to tackle one of the toughest tests many students will face: bullying.

In recognition of Bullying Prevention Month, White Plains Public Safety Commissioner David Chong says he felt it was important to speak to parents about their responsibility when it comes bullying.

"When we talk about bullying, we say it's a three-way street," he says.

Chong told the crowd of parents at the PTSA meeting that the most important branch of that street is them.

"To know what your kid is involved in, to know what your child is doing in school, if unfortunately they are the bully or they are being bullied," he says.

In one New York city, parents can face criminal charges if their child is caught bullying. That's not the case anywhere in Westchester, but the school district is proactive in involving parents.

"It's much more in the public eye and I think that it is a great thing, and I think the more we can do to be preventative rather than be proactive is always going to be very helpful," says Valhalla High School principal John Thomas.

Chong recommends that parents keep a watchful eye for changes in their child's behavior and keep an open line of communication. He says police involvement should be seen as a last resort.

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