On Religion, The Media and Life as a 20-something in Chicago

ELGIN — A 14-year-old New York boy recently took his own life after he was bullied by classmates for his perceived sexuality. A few days later, an Associated Press/MTV poll found 56 percent of respondents ages 14 to 24 reported that they had experienced abuse through digital media. But in spite of those headlines, Michael Dorn, a school safety expert from Safe Havens International Inc., said, “There’s not been this dramatic surge of (school) violence in the last few years.” And the number of suspensions and weapon-related incidents actually is going down in Elgin School District U46, according to John Heiderscheidt, the district’s safety coordinator. Nearly 100 parents of students in U46 attended Dorn’s presentation, “School Safety Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow; Weakfish — Bullying Through the Eyes of a Child,” last week in the Elgin High School auditorium. That presentation came as Georgia-based Safe Havens is assessing the safety and security of U46 and its school buildings. October has been named National Bullying Prevention Month. For the rest of the story, visit The Courier-News.

In Uncategorized on October 4, 2011 at 12:32 pm

U46 takes on bullying with parent presentation, district evaluation (Sun-Times Media)

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