Globe Editorial

Bullying: More training, fewer mistakes

March 21, 2010

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Both the state Senate and House of Representatives have approved solid bills aimed at preventing bullying, an age-old school problem exacerbated by harassment delivered over the Internet. The House goes the Senate one better, though, by requiring training that could help school staff respond effectively — and avoid such mistakes as requiring bullies and their victims to spend time together, as happened in one Massachusetts case that ended in the victim’s suicide. To keep the training from being a financial burden on districts, the bill calls for the state to devise a no-cost option that would draw on work done at Bridgewater State College. The House bill should become law.

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