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Bullying Prevention Summit Comes to Lansing


According to the National Education Association, someone is bullied once every seven minutes. Tuesday, anti-bullying advocates from across the state were in Lansing for the Michigan Bullying Prevention Summit at the Lansing Center.


It can come in many forms and happen even when kids aren't in school.

"We're hoping today we build an army of activists," said Paul Liabenow, from the Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principal's Association. "We're trying to provide the information. The legal perspective as well as identifying the responsibility the school has with protecting students both on campus and off."

One big focus in the talks was how to deal with cyber bullying. In a world full of techonlogy, it's becoming more common. It can happen 24-7 and its something that can be hard for schools to deal with.

Truth Locker is one of the tools they're using to help combat the problem. It helps students archive Facebook, messages and text messages.

"It's a very difficult thing to deal with trying to figure out how it effects the school environment," said Jim Dell, the principal at Leslie Elementary School.

There the district actually has a bully prevention committee and works closely with Michigan State Police's Community Trooper Marco Jones.

"I try to build a bond with the students in school and try to build a level of trust with them and help them identify some of the problems," said Trooper Jones.  

"The main thing for us right now is teaching our students to react to it. Do something about don't just be a bystander," said Liabenow.



For more information, visit Violence Prevention Works, the Leader in Me and MEMSPA.

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