Richmond Co., Georgia officials tout anti-bully policy

By Preston Sparks
Augusta Chronicle
AUGUSTA, Georgia — Legislation enacted a decade ago banning bullying in schools has gone a long way to protect students, Richmond County school officials say.

“We have found that the attention to the problem of bullying that occurred with the passage of the legislation has helped to reduce incidences of bullying and to encourage agencies to provide support to teachers and schools,” said Dr. Carol Rountree, the county’s director of student services. “We feel that it is not the punishment, but the opportunity to address underlying causes of aggressive anti-social behavior that has made the difference.”
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Coach Bill Leach: Running could stop school violence

By Mary Schmich
Chicago Tribune
Bill Leach has an uncommon answer to the violence that lately — or maybe always — pulses through Chicago as palpably as blood.

Running.

Leach thinks it’s time to tell what he calls “the story of running” in neighborhoods where recreational running is as rare as stock portfolios and Paris vacations.
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Buster Soaries, police chief ask feds to help ease tensions in Franklin

By Tiffani N. Garlic
New Jersey Star-Ledger
FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP (Somerset) — The township’s police chief has joined a leading minister in asking the federal government to help improve relations between the police and the community. The request follows a last week’s melee between high school students and officers from six police departments.

“The racial makeup of the police and those apprehended has made this incident much more than a simple law enforcement matter,” former New Jersey Secretary of State Rev. DeForest “Buster” Soaries wrote in his letter to the Justice Department’s Community Relations Service on Tuesday.
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Toronto board pushes for ‘boy-friendly’ school

By Josh Wingrove and Anthony Reinhart
Toronto Globe and Mail
Boys left behind by Toronto’s public schools are about to feel a firm force pulling them forward: the strong hand of Chris Spence, the Toronto District School Board’s new education director, who is calling for an all-male school and more “boy-friendly” classrooms to address male underachievement.

It’s a bold step that’s considered a first in the province. All-boys programs are typically found today in private schools and in the Catholic system, including Toronto’s. A handful of public schools across Canada offer single-sex classes.
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Tampa: Parents now filing bullying reports online

By SHERRI ACKERMAN
The Tampa Tribune
TAMPA – The first complaint came at the end of the first day of school.

A boy at Randall Middle School in Lithia said he was struck on the head by another student as they rode the bus home. His mother reported the incident to Hillsborough County schools officials using the district’s new anonymous online system.

As of Friday, it was one of 45 reports received by the district under a new anonymous online reporting system designed to make it easier for victims of bullying to step forward.
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Pennsylvania: Bullying prevention netted positive change

PR Newswire
PITTSBURGH, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ — Preliminary findings of a statewide study on bullying prevention programs demonstrate significant decreases in reports of students being bullied and increased perceptions among students about the importance of positive bystander behavior, an important factor in reducing bullying. The findings were announced today by the Highmark Foundation, through its Highmark Healthy High 5 initiative, and its partners at the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Windber Research Institute and the Center for Safe Schools.
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‘Terror on wheels’: Experts urge bus monitors, training students

BY JACQUELINE LEE
Excerpt from Belleville News-Democrat
Belleville, Illinois — A Chicago-area consultant on Tuesday urged school districts to hire an extra person to monitor school buses, and advised that students learn martial arts, in light of a school bus attack involving Belleville West High School students that left one injured and seven suspended.

Derek Randel, a former middle school and high school teacher who founded StoppingSchoolViolence.com to help educators, parents and students address school violence, said he never allowed his daughter to take the bus to school.
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