Inclusive approach, including legislation, helps schools fight bullying

by Vikki Ortiz Healy  /   Sep 9, 2013

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SEPTEMBER 9, 2013, Chicago Tribune — Two decades ago, bullying was often seen as a rare occurrence, where small groups of parents sought protection for their children with the school district. But when the problem was blamed for widely reported shootings and suicides, parents started lobbying for help and legislators got involved, says Dorothy Espelage, a professor of educational psychology at Illinois whose research has focused on bullying.

Since the Colorado shootings at Columbine High School in 1999, 49 states, including Illinois, have passed laws requiring schools to have anti-bullying policies and programs, Espelage said.

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