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Continued: Rosenblum: Antibullying effort creative, but might backfire

  • Article by: GAIL ROSENBLUM , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 5, 2013 - 8:20 PM

“This levels the playing field,” said Olweus trainer Claire McKinney, noting that the program is used in more than 6,000 schools nationwide. “It’s about changing behaviors, not just of the child who is doing the bullying, but of everybody in the room.”

The program has reduced bullying by as much as 70 percent.

So let’s not fine folks. Let’s bring them in and, in Carpenter’s words, ask them, “How are we going to fix this?”

“When you involve the bully in the solution and they truly make it right by taking the steps needed, that’s the way to go,” Carpenter said. “If we have a great relationship with the parent, 99 times out of 100 we’ll get to the bottom of it and solve the problem.”

 

gail.rosenblum@startribune.com 612-673-7350

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