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Beyond Victims and Villains: Covering School Bullying and Suicide

In the wake of several high-profile cases involving students who took their own lives, states are focusing heavily on making bullying prevention programs mandatory in public schools. But how much of the responsibility really rests with educators, and what steps should the broader community be taking to help students make smarter choices about their own behavior on campus, after school, and online?

On Tuesday at 1 p.m. Eastern time I’ll discuss these questions with Slate senior editor Emily Bazelon, focusing on lessons from her new book “Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy.” Click here for registration information.

Last year I wrote about new state laws that were shifting more responsibility to schools to address (and even prevent) bullying, and attaching penalties for campuses that fell short. That’s an angle Bazelon explores in her book, and it continues to be a concern for policymakers and educators. As we’ll discuss Tuesday, changing how students interact with each other is about more than just improving the campus climate. Helping them to make wiser choices about social media, cultivating empathy, and examining how kids treat each other outside of school are also critical factors.



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