Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Mon, October 14 2013 at 4:15 PM, Updated: Mon, October 14 2013 at 4:24 PM
A Klamath Falls woman who experienced bullying as a student, and as a parent says she's had enough...and she wants your help in ending bullying in schools.
Rachel Turner says she was a victim of bullying at school...and now she says her son is a target of bullies.
"Oh, yeah. This has been a problem in Klamath Falls for as long as I can remember. And it can't continue."
Klamath Falls City Schools Superintendent Dr. Paul Hillyer says some bullying today is sparked online through social media sites like facebook...
"Where students will be cruel to one another, through that non face to face media, and then come to school angry at each other."
Turner is now using facebook to help solve the problem...
"Join us on facebook. It's 'Stop the bullying in Klamath Falls schools."
City school students are being asked to document details of bullying...and Superintendent Hillyer notes a new system is also in place where students can text their complaints of bullying...
"That will go directly to our SRO's, (School Resource Officers) who will then address it during the school day, and address it anonymously."
Turner says there's an additional key to making those programs work...
"Parents are the missing link. We are what was missing in these programs in order for them to work efficiently."
Turner believes that parental support may also help kids who are too scared to report problems of bullying.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.
Lyle's job history is quite colorful. He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.
Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience. "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".
When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.