James A. Dever Elementary School is a Bully-Free Zone

January 26, 2023

(JANUARY 2023)—Officer Luis Serrano from the Nassau County Police Department recently visited James A. Dever Elementary School to speak to students in fourth to sixth grade about the dangers of bullying and cyberbullying. 

“Teaching our students about these topics is critical in the world we live in. No child should be subject to bullying, whether from another child or an adult. And in today’s technology-driven world, understanding the nuances of cyberbullying becomes paramount. We thank Officer Luis Serrano for taking the time to educate our students about these issues,” said Darren Gruen, Principal of James A. Dever Elementary School. “It’s our responsibility to make sure that our students have the right knowledge and tools to keep themselves and others safe from bullying and cyberbullying.”

James A. Dever Elementary School students learned about making smart choices for themselves and how to help others in difficult situations. The students discussed what they should do if they feel they are being bullied or harassed. Students were educated on laws such as New York State’s Dignity for All Students Act (DASA). Known as The Dignity Act, it was signed into law on September 13, 2010. DASA mandates that  New York State’s public schools must provide students with a safe environment that is free from discrimination, harassment, and bullying on school property, school buses, and at school events.