All 10 elementary and middle schools in Washington Township are the first in the state to adopt a nationally recognized anti-bullying program.
Monday through Wednesday, 500 elementary and middle school students, as well as more than 30 administrators, teachers and community leaders are in training to learn how to recognize bullying and how to prevent it through the program BullySafeIndiana.
BullySafeIndiana works to empower students, teach them how to monitor themselves, how to stand up to bullies and how to protect others.
The program is designed to work with elementary and middle school students.
Crooked Creek Principal Kim Piper said the program's techniques are unique and work with kids.
"There are many canned programs you could pull out and that's why I was so skeptical in the beginning,” said Piper. “But after I saw it, I knew it was something that can work."
The schools receive ongoing support through workbooks and a website.
BullySafeUSA has been adopted by schools in six states and more than 70,000 children have gone through the program.
BullySafeIndiana works in collaboration with Prevent Child Abuse Indiana.