Four months after the suicide of a 15-year-old girl who was bullied by classmates, the governor of Massachussetts, Deval Patrick, signed new legislation that strengthens anti-bullying education in the state.
For those looking for classroom resources to stem bullying, Mike Koren, a middle-school teacher in Wisconsin, has written a curriculum guide to Letters to a Bullied Girl by Olivia Gardner with Emily Buder and Sarah Buder. Olivia Gardner was relentlessly bullied. When the Buder sisters heard about Olivia's plight, they started a campaign of comfort and inspiration by encouraging people to write her letters. Letters to a Bullied Girl is the result. Olivia heard from those who had been bullied, those who stood by, and from people who had been bullies. It's an extraordinary collection—and Mike Koren's curriculum guide makes it easy to incorporate into your anti-bullying campaign.
Also of note as a resource for parents, teachers, and administrators is the updated edition of The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander by Barbara Coloroso—which includes a new section of cyberbullying.