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Begin Anti-Bullying Campaigns Sooner

November 19, 2013
By THE INTELLIGENCER , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

West Virginia has had a formal ban on bullying in schools since 2001. Every county board of education is required to have an anti-bullying policy. Most schools have specific programs to combat the problem.

Yet it persists. Some experts say nearly one-fourth of children experience bullying in some form.

One reason for that may be that anti-bullying programs start too late.

For example, one program being emphasized in Marshall County this month attempts to create a "culture of kindness" for students. Those in grades 6-12 will hear a presentation on it Wednesday.

But bullying starts much sooner than 6th grade. We hear reports of it even among pre-school children.

Obviously, children that young should have a "culture of kindness" instilled in them by their parents. If that fails, however, school officials may need to do more - starting, again, with the very youngest children in their care.

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