To call the Winnebago County State's Attorney's Office about a bullying issue, call 815-319-4700.
Some types of bullying are considered crimes. That’s why the Winnebago County State’s Attorney is getting involved to help kids realize the seriousness at a young age.
We don’t typically see the State’s Attorney in a gymnasium full of kids but that’s exactly where Joe Bruscato is taking his message on bullying.
“So that we can help them bring attention to this issue and get it out of the school system and out of our community," says Brusacato.
Bruscato spoke to West View Elementary Children about how to recognize bullying, where to report it and how to prevent it.
“First I would tell them to stop messing with them and then if they didn’t listen, I would tell an adult,” says 4th grader Isaiah Walker.
Winnebago County State’s Attorney and school leaders are also stressing the importance of speaking up if there’s ever an issue so they can address it.
They say parents should start at their child’s school first.
“Meet with the teacher and the principal and they need to discuss what is happening and then if things are not being taken care of at the school level, we at the district level would be more than happy to talk with them,” said Amy Ekstrom, the Parent & Community Empowerment Liason.
Bruscato says his office is also an option.
“Take action, report it to the principal, report it to the State’s Attorney’s Office. It will be addressed.”
Bruscato says while his office is an option they would likely contact the school again to try to get the issue resolved there, but if facts support an investigation then that’s a possibility.
Bruscato says Rockford Public Schools work very closely with Police, so as part of their investigation they’ll determine if police need to be involved.