PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Lori Sitler
Phone: (302) 577-8314
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Date: September 3, 2003
ATTORNEY GENERAL BRADY TO ADDRESS STUDENTS ON KEEPING SCHOOLS SAFE
“No Bullying” Message included on new book covers to be distributed
at Postlethwait event
(Dover, DE): As Delaware children return to school this week, the Attorney General is working to spread a “No Bullying Allowed” message to area students. On THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4TH, Attorney General M. Jane Brady will spend the morning at POSTLETHWAIT MIDDLE SCHOOL in Camden, DE addressing students in grades 6 to 8 about how to stay safe at school.
Since 1998, the Attorney General’s office has been offering its bully-proofing program in Delaware schools through a team comprised of a School Crime Prosecutor and School Crime Ombudsman. The program has evolved into a multi-tiered approach to school violence prevention. School assemblies, the establishment of the School Crime Hotline [800-220-5414], teacher and administrator training and the “Keep My School Safe” student pledge are part of this initiative.
New this year to the bully-proofing program is a book cover which will be distributed to students at the bully-proofing assemblies. Targeted for younger students, the book cover outlines “The Rules” –
1) Don’t Bully: We will not bully other students
2) Speak Up: We will help others who are being bullied by speaking out and by getting adult help
3) Include Others: We will use extra effort to include all students in activities at our school
4) Stay Safe: We will tell our parents or teachers if we hear someone might commit a crime in school or we see someone being hurt.
It reminds students that, “Tattling is when you’re just trying to get someone else in trouble.
Telling is when somebody needs help.” The back cover of the book cover depicts caricatures of “The First State Force,” Delaware’s all law enforcement rock band that plays concerts in schools throughout the state. The band reaches youth through music, giving young people an anti-violence, anti-drug message.
Attorney General Brady commented, “The book covers are a great way to get
the message out to young students. Students will have a daily reminder of how they can help make their school a safer place.”
Information about the bully-proofing program, including curriculum material, informational brochures for students and teachers as well as information about the school crime reporting law is available on the Attorney General’s website at attorneygeneral.delaware.gov.
Details: Thursday, September 4, 2003
Postlethwait Middle School
2841 South State Street
Assemblies scheduled for 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.