FOP, Indianapolis Police Foundation give thousands for anti-bullying effort in Perry Township

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Oct. 27, 2015)-- A new anti-bullying effort is making its way through Perry Township Schools. The program got a big financial boost on Tuesday from the Indianapolis Police Foundation and the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP).

The FOP said bullying can lead to violence and aggression as teens become adults.

Students packed the auditorium at Southport High School on Tuesday morning to hear from “Mr.  Mojo” – an anti-bullying advocate, speaking up about a new initiative in Perry Township Schools.

“We know bullying is going to occur. What we want people to understand is what to do with it when it does happen,” said Travis Brown, also known as Mr. Mojo.

The FOP and the Indianapolis Police Foundation each gave $10,000 to the district in the partnership. The “MojoUp” program is nationally recognized and trains student groups to become bullying prevention leaders, stopping the behavior before it leads to something else.

“It becomes a precursor to teen violence, domestic violence, and later adult criminality,” said Rick Snyder, FOP President of Lodge 86.

Teen violence has been an all too common headline in Indianapolis.

Sunday morning, a 12-year-old boy and his older brother were carjacked on the city’s east side while trying to warm up the family car. Police said the suspects are children themselves, both 12 and 16.

Perry Township said each secondary school will be involved in the anti-bullying plan that teaches students how to respond when they see bullying going on. Added staff training is also a component.

“To help teach our young people the best way to treat one another and what’s expected not only in school but when they’re outside of school as well,” said Robert Bohannon, Assistant Superintendent.

“This is an opportunity for us to plant seeds of intervention but also prevention,” said Snyder.

The FOP said Perry Township is the first system in the area to fully integrate the program. They’re watching to see if the method yields results and hope to partner and expand to other districts in the city.