Experts will give Iowans tips on how to combat bullying, including bullying via the Internet and cellphone, at a special gathering this fall, Gov. Terry Branstad said Monday.
The Governor’s Bullying Prevention Summit will be Nov. 27 at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines.
Attention on bullying in Iowa schools has escalated in recent months. A 14-year-old openly gay student from Primghar was bullied in the hallways of his school, as well as online, in the weeks before he hanged himself at home in April.
A Mason City girl and her mother filed a lawsuit in June alleging gross negligence by the Mason City school district in not protecting her from bullying in 2010 and 2011.
And “Bully,” a documentary released in April, features a boy who was repeatedly bullied aboard a Sioux City school bus.