News from the desk of Sheriff Potter


“Creating Safe Spaces – Bullying Prevention and Intervention”
Hey DeSoto County,
As the back-to-school season is now in full swing, I feel it is a crucial time to address a topic that remains close to our hearts: Bullying Prevention and Intervention. August is designated as “Don’t Be a Bully Month,” a time we at DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office come together with our community to raise awareness about the impact of bullying, and to reassure our commitment to creating a safe and supportive environment for our children, especially in our local schools.
Bullying is a persistent issue. It’s NOT just confined to the pages of textbooks or the plots of books and movies. Bullying is a real issue that affects countless young lives each year. Bullying takes a toll not only on the victim’s mental and emotional well-being, but also the overall sense of safety and security within our community.
Combatting bullying is a collaborative effort. This means preventing and intervening in bullying situations requires effort from all, including parents, educators and our dedicated School Resource Deputies. Each of us plays a crucial role to influence the environment where your children learn and grow.
Parents, it all begins at home. I encourage you to engage in open and honest conversations with your children, discussing the importance of treating others with kindness and respect.
Educators, you are on the frontlines to create a positive learning environment in our schools. You have the opportunity to directly impact a classroom culture that promotes acceptance. By implementing anti-bullying discussions and providing counseling resources, students can navigate conflicts more peacefully.
As part of our commitment to the safety and well-being of our youth, our School Resource Deputies are dedicated to creating a secure environment for learning. They work closely with our public schools to identify and address instances of bullying promptly, while focusing on resolving conflict and implementing consequences of bullying behavior.
As we kick off the new school year, I’d like to reiterate our shared commitment to bully-free environments within our schools. By working together and setting positive examples, we can encourage children to stand up against bullies and promote treating others with kindness, empathy and respect.
As your Sheriff, I encourage you all to embrace the spirit of "Don't Be a Bully Month,” by carrying it forward throughout the entire school year. Let's make this year one where bullying has no place in DeSoto County, so our children can thrive in a supportive learning space.
Be Kind, Be Safe, God Bless.

Sheriff Potter