Santa Maria Students Can Now Report Bullying Online

A way to report bullying is now available on the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District website that serves four high schools and more than 8,000 students.

The Bully Button, which is featured on the district's home page and was announced Monday, allows students and parents to easily open up a reporting form and enter vital information for review. 

SMJUHSD Superintendent Dr. Mark Richardson said the online reporting tool will help the district comply with a state law that mandates schools have a process to report bullying.

"This is just another way to ensure that our students are focused on learning the skills they will need in life and are not distracted by bullies,'' Dr. Richardson said. "It's very difficult to deal with behavior like this if it is not reported.''

The Bully Button app was recently introduced at Righetti High School where students and parents have been using everyday technology to obtain school information about attendance, schedule a meeting, and check on completed school assignments and other needs through the RHS Parent Portal.