November 20, 2017
On November 16 representatives of student council met to develop the agenda for their November 30, 2017 meeting. The issue of harassment and abuse has been placed on that agenda.
Conversation was had about this serious topic and how safe students currently feel on campus and in the dorms. To date the greatest concern facing students today is harassment through social media.
On November 20 Principal Dave Morgan shared the original and subsequent report with the Pennsylvania Conference Board of Education. Of those present (13 total) 5 are non-conference employees.
The board discussed the concerns, heard the complaint, and voted to receive the report and requested a follow up plan for the next meeting.
November 16, 2017
BMA Board Discusses Bullying and Abuse
On Sunday, November 12, 2017, the Blue Mountain Academy Board of Trustees met for one of their yearly scheduled board meetings. The quorum of individuals represented included six conference employees as well as seven non-conference representatives. Of the non-conference representatives five are BMA alumni, and one conference representative is also an alumnus.
The board was given the timeline of events from the recent original social media post, to the additional responses, and a step-by-step outline of how administration has begun to address the concerns raised by those posting and put actions in place to ensure continued response to the concerns expressed.
Here are several decisions that resulted from this meeting:
- The board recognized the concerns stated and affirmed those sharing their stories.
- After listening to measures put into place since 2012, the board gave input into the additional controls to be implemented to ensure the greatest level of student protection possible.
- The board has asked for a detailed plan at the next scheduled board meeting of December 5, 2017.
- The board acknowledged the difficult nature that faces the current administration as they work to hear and support those hurt in the past while continuing to ensure measures to prevent bullying and abuse are firmly in place.
The Administration response has been to take the following immediate steps:
- Install cameras in both dorms and Edison Hall
Additional steps are being taken to:
- Bring outside professionals to BMA to address students and staff, further enhancing the education of what abuse looks like, and the damage it can cause.
- Collaborate with the Columbia Union educational leadership to investigate and review any incidences of misconduct between students with students and with students and staff
We will take additional steps to ensure that this topic is properly addressed. Please check back for future up dates.
November 2, 2017
On Monday, October 30, 2017, BMA staff met to specifically pray over the issue of bullying and abuse, praying for students and alumni who have been impacted by this issue. They also reviewed the current BMA policy on bullying and abuse. Kerene Anglin-Ogot, Learning Specialist and Guidance Counselor, spoke at the boys’ and girls’ dorms Monday and Tuesday evenings on the topic of abuse and bullying.
More News and Updates from Principal David Morgan will be shared here.