Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Bullies Must Be Stopped Early

Hartford Courant (Hartford, CT) June 20:

"Although anecdotal, the Connecticut Department of Education keeps track of allegations of bullying in schools that come to its attention. Since Connecticut's law was passed in 2002, the department has learned of more than 1,000 cases, nearly 800 just in the past five years. We are about 35 cases ahead of last year at this time, nearing 200. Even with state laws, the problem of bullying is apparently increasing. What is going on in the lives of our teens and pre-teens? Must families and schools be satisfied with the status quo and learn to live with bullying, forcing children to learn and socialize in hostile and unsafe environments? Is there a way to reach bullies and change behaviors that state laws don't address?..."
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