Gov. Steve Beshear has announced the creation of a new task force to combat bullying in Kentucky’s schools.


Several Kentucky school systems are signing up for a free bullying tip service as the school year begins.

The Kentucky Center for School Safety has offered the online tipline since this spring but KCSS Postsecondary Director Karen McCuiston says many systems are signing up with the start of the academic year after receiving summer training for the program.

Lone Oak fifth-grader Morgan Guess is one of 10 winners of the 2014 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

The awards go to American students for their outstanding achievements in community service. Guess is being nationally recognized for working with her mother to focus local, state and national attention on the problem of bullying. 

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The Paducah Police Department announced a new class Tuesday at the City Commission meeting based off the Anti-Bullying Task Force created through the City earlier this year.  

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The Kentucky Department of Education has completed an informal survey of middle and high school students that shows bullying remains a problem on campus and online.

The department partnered with family resource and youth service centers to anonymously quiz randomly selected students across the state on a variety of topics. The review found nearly half of middle school students said they had been bullied on school grounds.

This is Kentucky Safe Schools Week (October 20-26). Kentucky Center for School Safety Resource Center Director Karen McCuiston  is promoting awareness that bullying, violence and risky behaviors threaten school safety and visits with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good.

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Paducah mother, business woman and Murray State Board of Regent's member Susan Guess and her daughter Morgan are getting national attention for their efforts to make Kentucky a leader in anti-bullying efforts.

Susan and Morgan wrote opinion pieces published in national online news website Huffington Post Tuesday, and the Guess Anti-Bullying Foundation was featured in a bullying article on just last week.

How to Tackle Bullying in the Workplace

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Murray State's LGBT and URSA Program Coordinator Jody Cofer Randall also chairs the Murray Human Rights Commission, and we speak with on Sounds Good today - the topic is bullying in the workplace. He speaks with Kate on the subtleties of bullying, how to identify the symptoms and how to handle the situation. They talk about the Human Rights Commissions' education campaign and how your business can get involved. See more about the Murray Human Rights Commission.


Susan and Morgan Guess presented "A Plan for Kentucky and What Kids Can Do," during the Murray Human Rights Commission's Bullying Conference on April 6, 2013 in the Barkley Room of the Curris Center at Murray State University. Here is the the audio of their nearly hour long discussion of what the Guess family has done to bring attention to the issue of bullying since Morgan's experience.

A 10-year old Lone Oak Elementary School student has won the Kentucky Youth Volunteer Service Award for her anti-bullying initiatives.

Morgan Guess brought the Bully movie and its director Lee Hirsch to Paducah, raised $20,000 for a foundation she started with her mother and invited author and bullying survivor Jodee Blanco to speak to 6,000 middle and high schoolers. Guess also started a Kids for Kindness social media campaign.