Do schools' anti-bullying programs really help?

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Do school programs to prevent bullying actually work?

That's one question parents, educators, and researchers are increasingly asking after another student suicide that officials link to bullying – that of 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick of Lakeland, Fla. This week, law enforcement officials arrested two girls in connection with Rebecca's death, alleging that they had tormented her both in person and online to the point of criminal stalking.

As programs to combat bullying proliferate in schools across the US, their effectiveness is coming under scrutiny – and early findings are mixed. 

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