Some 200 state teachers, administrators, and mental health professionals participated in a school bullying prevention workshop Thursday in Thornton. The workshop addressed new ways education professionals can foster a positive and safe climate in all Colorado schools.
It’s back to school month and for many students it means returning to an environment of harassment and bullying. In the wake of a national epidemic of highly-publicized gay suicides, Colorado lawmakers passed an anti-bullying bill this year designed to forestall another tragedy. But while many view it as a good first step – full implementation of the bill is still months away.
Debate on a bill that aims to curb bullying in Colorado schools got personal when lawmakers shared their own stories of being bullied as children. The bill still needs a final vote in the house, but has strong support from almost every lawmaker.