Workshop on Bullying Planned

Workshop on Bullying Planned

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Sammy Linebaugh reporting If you've ever had a child come home from the playground and say 'so and so was mean to so and so' --and that's just about every parent at some point -- then you know bullying, to some degree, happens every day.

Tonight, parents and teachers have a chance to address the problem.

Often when we talk about "bullying", it's from the perspective of protecting the child who is the victim. Well tonight a public workshop is focused on changing the behavior of the bully. Psychologist Dr. Lynn Scorseby will be leading that discussion.

Back in February, Eyewitness News investigated the so-called "bully problem" on playgrounds around the Salt Lake Valley. That investigation uncovered some disturbing realities, and led the state office of education to implement better reporting standards.

Now, when a bully incident occurs, school administrators are required to file a report, documenting who was involved and where the alleged bullying occured, for example, the playground, or the lunchroom. All that information, state officials hope, will help them better track where and how, bullying most often occurs and better control the problem.

Tonight's workshop is free and open to the public, but it is at this point filled to capacity. Two more workshops have been scheduled for November.

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