Norristown, Pa. district cracks down on bullying

Carol Josel
Calculated, mean-spirited, and undeniably hurtful, bullying is regrettably widespread in fourth-ranked Pennsylvania, outnumbered only by California, New York, and Illinois, respectively. However, our Montgomery County school districts have long been on the frontlines, combating the problem by instituting such anti-bullying programs as Olweus, while counseling students and promoting empathy and kindness.

The Norristown Area School District, though, is taking it one step further by taking an official stand with a soon-to-be-adopted policy that defines bullying as “an intentional electronic, written, verbal, or physical act or series of acts directed at another student or students, which occurs in a school setting and/or outside a school setting. Bullying can take many forms and can include many different behaviors consisting of, but not limited to, harassment, intimidation, humiliation, ridicule, defamation, or threat of incitement to violence. Bullying includes cyber bullying.” Full commentary.

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