'Buddy boxes' viewed as avenue of expression in Marion County

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MARION COUNTY, W.Va (WDTV) - School administrators in Marion County will soon implement 'buddy boxes' in schools, giving students an opportunity to express their needs or concerns, anonymously.

"Children sometimes don't feel comfortable going to adults and saying 'I have a need or somebody has a need,' and [we thought] how could we make that possible or easier for kids to get their needs met," Frank Jarman, executive director of Marion County's Family Resource Network, explained.

It would work like this: students can write a note about a problem they're experiencing or concerns they have for a friend. They drop the note in the 'buddy box,' which is later opened by a school counselor.

Depending on the severity of the situation, the counselor would reach out to The Family Resource Network or authorities to get a student in need help.

The Family Resource Network has begun delivering the boxes to schools this week. Administrators at East Fairmont Middle School were the first to implement the idea.

In the full story above, students at Blackshere Elementary School weigh in on the initiative, and how it could make a difference in their school.