Bullying and Suicide Prevention

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office continues its focus on awareness, education, and prevention of bullying involving students at school, in the class, on the playground and after school. The safety and mental health of our area children is one of our highest priorities.

This is also one of our School Resource Officer’s (SRO), Deputy Waylon Pollema’s areas of focus as he spends time in many of our area schools; no one deserves to be the victim of bullying. Pollema teaches students the meaning of cyber‐bullying, bullying and what to do if they are repeatedly harassed online or in school. Students often have many good questions, along with several stories about negative experiences they have had online or in their interactions in school.

Studies also show that bullying in any form is one area that often leads to suicide in teens and younger children. That is why the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office remains very proactive in this area with its trained SRO.

If you feel that you are being bullied or have thoughts of suicide, please call our 24-hour communications center at 712-737-3307. Other good resources to reach out to are the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, or by calling them at 800-273-8255. You are also always welcome to share any of your concerns personally with your teachers, our SRO Pollema, or any of our sheriff’s deputies, at any time. If you would like to have a program taught by our SRO in your school, you can Request a bullying or suicide prevention program here.