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Apr 30, 2012 1:39 PM by David Sherman (david@krtv.com)

Juneau unveils "Bully Free Montana" website

Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau unveiled a new website aimed at preventing bullying in schools.

Juneau was joined on Monday by students from Health Occupation Students of America, and students from Family, Career and Community Leaders of America as they gave presentations about bullying prevention projects in their schools and communities with the support of $2,000 grants from OPI.

In a press release, Juneau said, "Empowering students to lead the way on school and community efforts to prevent bullying is an important strategy in bullying prevention. Peer to peer influence is an extremely powerful tool that will help us create safe learning spaces where every student is treated with dignity and respect."

HOSA and FCCLA students from Helena, Great Falls, Valier, Boulder, Scobey, Forsyth, Shepherd, Three Forks, Kalispell, Absarokee, Billings, and Ronan were recipients of the grants, which they used to develop projects that incorporate anti-bullying lesson plans and teaching strategies in presentations to peers in their school district.

Resources included on the Bully Free Montana website include: what students can do if they are being bullied or cyber-bullied, tips for parents, methods to assess your school's effectiveness in bullying prevention and intervention, and links to other anti-bullying websites.

Click here to visit the Bully Free Montana website.

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