DALLAS Dallas Independent School District families got together Saturday to talk about bullying.

They gathered at the brand-new Dade Middle School campus to seek solutions for the problem that leads to suspensions, truancy and fines.

'Most people in this area live below the poverty line, so when they receive a ticket or have to go to court, those fines and tickets they can't pay; that's just not in the budget,' said Lakaisha Wallas of the Texas Organizing Project. 'So we want to come together as a community to find some resolution so we can better the school through attendance and also through behavior.'

Saturday's retreat was the first of its kind for DISD.

Last fall, the district swtiched to a new student code of conduct, which relies less on suspensions and trips to court and more on preventative measures and support from staff and families.

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