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Bullying Debate in Massachusetts and Nationally

by Mary Alice Carnes, Community Relations Manager

The Associated Press and www.wbur.org in Boston reported on May 6, 2011 (National Bullying Debate Takes Center Stage In Massachusetts Courtroom) about the sentencing of five Massachusetts teenagers who pleaded guilty for the bullying of their classmate who committed suicide.

The on air news story also cited the growing legislative activity to curb bullying including bills or measures in New Hampshire – to limit a school’s role in bullying only to school grounds, California – giving about a million dollars in grants to 12 school districts to start anti bullying programs and Texas, where approval was given to include cyber bullying in the definition of bullying, and legislation proposals in New Hampshire and California to name a few.

The piece also mentions the Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use, a website of resources and tools about cyber bullying.

It’s good that the legislators and educators are starting to take action against bullying. Programs like affirms Theatre Action Project’s programs Changing Lives and Heroes/Los Heroes are having an impact and teach students about bullying, conflict resolution, and healthy relationships.

To read the full article and listen to the on air report from wbur.org, click here.

About creativeactionaustin

We are based in Austin, Texas and reach more than 16,000 young people every year through our unique blend of theatre and education programs.Our programs expose young people to critical social problems and offer opportunities for them to creatively think about how they can be a part of solutions to these problems. Creative Action is a unique blend of art and education – for us, the two are intertwined. We believe that using the arts as a teaching method provides a fun, engaging and inspiring way to learn – it incorporates the whole mind and body.

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