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Bullying in schools continues to be a significant topic of debate for students, parents, educators, and legislators. Although there currently is no federal law against bullying, all 50 state legislatures have enacted individual anti-bullying statutes for schools. While these laws acknowledge the importance of addressing bullying in schools, they provide little advice on how to prevent bullying in general and how to respond when an incident has occurred.
Bullying can happen anywhere, at anytime; therefore, it is important for any institution that cares for children, not just schools, to take a strong stance against this unacceptable behavior. Here are some tips we recommend to prevent and respond to bullying:
It is important to remember that bullying can take place anywhere, and that it is up to schools and the members of their communities to take a firm stance against unacceptable behavior. Continuous efforts need to be made in order to help prevent bullying and create healthier, safer environments.
This blog post was written by Elizabeth Driscoll, a law clerk at Jules Halpern Associates LLC.
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