Thursday, March 3, 2011

Bullying Prevention Summit

Speakers talked about the role of law enforcement agencies in the prevention of bullying. Thomas Perrelli in his remarks talked about the relationship between childhood and adolescent bullying and the commission of crimes such as domestic violence and sexual assault as adults. Russlynn Ali talked about the role of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Education. Among the issues she addressed were how to file complaints and the difference between harassment and bullying. After their speeches, they answered questions from the audience. A second panel of administrators talked about anti-bullying efforts in their schools. Among the topics they addressed were staff training, the Iowa Safe Schools Law, teaching strategies, and the creation of student groups to assist in prevention. Following their prepared remarks, panelists responded to questions from members of the audience.

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