Pennsylvania Anti-Bullying Workshop: Anti-Bullying Backlash

Published: January 23, 2016

Pennsylvania Anti-Bullying Workshop: Anti-Bullying Backlash, Parents in Western Pennsylvania are sharing their frustration over a recent “anti-bullying” workshop for students, CBS Pittsburgh station KDKA-TV reports. Some say it put their children at risk.

The controversy erupted over a session designed to help students deal with bullying.

The school defends the program as something that’s nationally recognized, and it’s something they’ve done before. Even so, the district reached out to the families who were disturbed by the training.

At issue is a group session where students were put in a circle and asked to move to the center if the following statements applied to them:

“I would never … expect a middle school to ask 13-year-old kids if your parents have ever been in jail, if they’re same-sex, if they’re having financial issues. How is that going to affect them?” said parent Marie-Noelle Briggs.


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