(Atlantic) The founder of the Midwest Center for School Safety is in town speaking with Atlantic students today.
Kory Carr and his brother Chris Paasch, son’s of the late Mary Paasch, invited Byron Utter to speak to the Atlantic students about “bullying.”
Utter says students today are dealing with this issue just about every place they are at. Utter says kids can solve this problem by standing up for someone that is getting bullied.
"I think some of the kids moral compasses are spinning and they need to get back on track. There are good kids, but they need to get their compass in order. You need to get those leaders those heros in the hallway, those leaders in the locker room to say 'I think we've seen enough.'"
Utter says it’s also important to catch a bully before he or she enters the 3rd grade,
"If a teacher can identify a 7th grade bully, chances are the kids that do the bullying the most, they are going to be incarcerated by age 30. They are the problems we have in our community with domestic violence, they don't hold jobs very well. These are long term effects."
Byron Utter has appeared in over 140-schools and talked to around 70,000 students in North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Colorado and Iowa.