Inside Gillette Blog

Speaking Up for Prevention of — and Protection from — Bullying

Posted On: 10/12/2010

Bullying. We’ve witnessed it, or even experienced it, at school. We hear about its consequences on the news. While such harassment may seem funny to the bullies themselves, it’s far from a laughing matter for its thousands of victims.

Recent tragedies on both local and national levels have prompted two Minnesota lawmakers to, today, re-introduce an anti-bullying law aimed at protecting victims of bullying from its physical, and emotional, costs. The proposed bill would require that Minnesota schools update their anti-bullying policies to include qualities outlined in the Minnesota Human Rights Act. It would also prohibit bullying in all forms — including cyber-bullying — and mandate re-training of school officials.

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. With school in full swing, now’s the time to talk to your child or teen about the serious ramifications bullying can have. It’s a good time, too, to take a close look at your child. Is he or she showing warning signs of being bullied?

State Senator D. Scott Dibble discusses the importance of anti-bullying legislation with local television and news reporters.

State Representative Jim Davnie echoes the concern, citing recent examples of harassment’s consequences.

Dr. Eric Meininger, a pediatric specialist at Gillette, tells media how bullying impacts kids’ development and cites specific examples of children bullied for having a disability.