Since 2018, the Utah State Board of Education has been under pressure to address certain protective language in their bullying rules. The proposed changes caused some Park City residents concern that LGBTQ kids would be unprotected from bullying if the language changed.

Suicide is the leading cause of death for young people in Utah. Equality Utah Executive Director Troy Williams says they know reducing bullying improves student’s mental health and  sense of well-being. He says gay kids, or kids perceived to be gay, are disproportionately targeted.

Utah Government

In 2018, the Utah State Board of Education adopted rule R-277-613, which addresses how school districts handle bullying. The language is now under scrutiny, and there may be changes coming that eliminates language that protects students based on race, ethnicity and sexual orientation.

Utah Conservatory

A Park City local will perform a debut solo in Carnegie Hall this month. She’s been teaching, conducting and performing for many years in Utah and she’s bringing a group of Wasatch Back choristers to sing back up.

A local performance of the Carnegie concert is Saturday in Park City.

Welcoming Schools

The state-sponsored, anti-bullying teacher training program Welcoming Schools has drawn controversy in the Park City community. An anonymous group of parents opposed to the program has partnered with the Pacific Justice Institute in a cease and desist letter, threatening legal action against the school district unless materials are removed and teacher training stops.

Expert Trainer Talks About Welcoming Schools Program

Dec 2, 2019
Welcoming Schools Trailside Elementary School

Nationally, students who identify as LGBTQ are at 15 % greater risk for suicide. The data from the recent SHARP survey, Student Health and Risk Prevention, has alarmed state educators because it shows 140 % increase in suicides for children 10 to 17 years old. The Welcoming Schools teacher training program is one tool the state board of education provides to teachers concerned about the effects of bullying. 


The Park City Board of Education received a half dozen comments from the public during their meeting Tuesday.  One person expressed concerns about the Welcoming Schools anti-bullying teacher training, while others highlighted issues over what they consider pornographic passages in a book used in the high school English curriculum.

Carolyn Murray / KPCW Radio

The dispute over an anti-bullying teacher training program being used at Trailside Elementary School was addressed in a public meeting on Tuesday. A handful of parents who support the adoption of the program held the forum hoping to dispel misconceptions and offer a platform for people to voice their opinions.


A controversy has been roiling in Park City over an anti-bullying teacher training program at Trailside Elementary. A group of parents will host a public meeting Tuesday to address the controversial Welcoming Schools program.


A cease and desist letter was sent to the Park City School District last week from an attorney and parents who want the district to stop an anti-bullying program  currently being used by teachers at Trailside Elementary School.

The Welcoming Schools program is a training program to help teachers establish anti-bullying and anti-discrimination policies in the school environment. Park City School District Superintendent Jill Gildea says it is part of the district’s Safe Schools Program as well as a state requirement.

Carolyn Murray / KPCW Radio

Utah’s Attorney General launched the state’s anti-bullying campaign during the Park City High School Monday morning assembly. Joining him was a man who travels the world speaking about kindness and self-love. Despite his physical limits and small stature, he kept some 1500 students captivated for an hour.

Carolyn Murray / KPCW Radio

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes visited Park City High School  Monday morning to kick off an anti bullying initiative that is rolling out all over the country. Joining him were talented guests who brought their own message of selflove and kindness. KPCW was there and has a sample of the AG’s morning message to the Park City High School student body and faculty.

Foreign Figures

Utah’s Attorney General, Sean Reyes will visit Park City High School on Monday, October 7 as part of state-wide campaign to curb suicide and drug use in teens. He’ll be accompanied by the indie pop band Foreign Figures as well as the inspirational speaker Nick Vujicic.  (Voo-yee- Cheech)