Witnesses call for more character/bullying education

WASHINGTON — A mixture of administrators, advocates and students agreed Wednesday that schools must promote character education and raise awareness among their students, staff and faculty of the safety risks and dangers of bullying.

Speaking before a subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor, witnesses examined strategies for limiting violence, bullying and harassment in the nation’s schools.

Scott Poland, Coordinator of the Suicide and Violence prevention Office at NOVA Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., argued that is too much complacency in regard to school safety in recent years and stressed that it must again become a priority for school administrators.

“The real issue is whether or not all schools are taking seriously their responsibility to ensure school safety and to create a climate where no child feels threatened or harassed,” he said in prepared remarks. Full story.


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