Monday, June 14, 2010

Grad student seeks to combat school bullying with state tour

WLBZ 2 (Bangor, ME) June 13:

"A woman in the city is looking to help victims of school bullying by sharing her personal story in schools across the state. Jennifer Huerth says she faced so much emotional and sometimes physical abuse from other students during her years in school that she eventually decided to drop out. The now aspiring guidance counselor has been reaching out to victims of bullying by speaking to groups at the University of Maine and several other schools. It is a program Huerth hopes to share with 25 schools in the state next year, as she is currently in the running for a $5,000 grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project. The former high school teacher says the program is aimed at offering support to both victims and bullies. 'Those that are doing the bullying generally have something else going on in their lives,' she said, 'and it's about identifying what are those problems and how we can help these kids. What's the underlying cause of this situation?'..."
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