Killeen: Parents learn how to ‘stop the hate’

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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) Parents at Haynes Elementary School in Killeen gathered Friday morning for a unique “Parent Academy”.

For the second year, the academy focused on stopping hate and helping parents understand what their children are learning in the classroom.

Janel Stier’s daughter, Ayana, attends Haynes and she says her daughter was bullied at her previous school.

“She was at an online school for two years because she was severely bullied,” she said.

“It’s comforting to know there is such a program to protect the children and they don’t tolerate at all,” she said.

The bullying had a deep impact on the elementary school student.

“Mentally and emotionally it has torn her apart,” Stier said.

The school’s principal, Angie Donovan, says her school has yearlong activities to teach kids to be kind to one another.

Donovan says the session helps them get input from parents on what they want changed.

“From this session we will ask the parent what they think is important, what are the best ways to get information out and we take all that feedback and implement it,” Donovan said.

Parents got the chance to see up close what their children are learning as part of the academy.

Plans are already underway for next semester’s academy.