School Resource Officer Spencer Sturm and staff at Rancho Viejo Middle School organized a large scale Anti-Bully event today at the Cawston Avenue campus. The entire student body, as well as representatives from Hemet Unified School District, Riverside County District Attorney, and Hemet Police Department assembled on the field to form a huge NO sign. School staff spoke to students and urged everyone to speak out against bully violence and actions.
After the assembly, student ASB leaders met with school staff, school board members, Hemet Police Chief Dave Brown, and Riverside County Deputy District Attorney Carlos Corona. The students brought forward ideas on how to curb and hopefully eradicate the problem. The adults praised the students for taking a stand and coming up with a plan. Each pledged assistance from all levels.
Hemet Police Department partners with Hemet Unified School District in providing sworn, full-time officers at each middle and high school in the city limits. The officers are assigned exclusively to these schools and they work out of offices on site provided by the school.
"I was really impressed." Hemet Police Chief Dave Brown said, "I was able to meet and speak with several students and am so proud of them for taking a proactive stance against bullying. They have 100% support from the Hemet Police Department."