Forum Offers Advice to Prevent Bullying

Photo by Eli LOCKE Suellen Fried, founder of Bully Safe USA, was one of the panel speakers at a recent forum to discuss ways to reduce bullying in schools.

Parents of many Glendale Unified students, as well as concerned citizens, packed into the Glendale Unified School District boardroom recently for the “Bully Me Not” community forum. Speakers included Fritz Coleman, weathercaster for the Channel 4 news team, as well as Suellen Fried, founder of Bully Safe USA.

Coleman helped give a deeper understanding of the long term effects of bullying, clearly recalling his experiences of being bullied in the sixth grade, and giving a comparison to the difference between the type of bullying he went through and bullying due to race or sexual preference.

“I can’t imagine [being subjected to this type of bullying], which has become much more widespread as communities become more integrated,” he said to the audience.

According to statistics presented at the forum, every day in America 160,000 children stay home from school due to fear of being bullied. Fried declared that bullying is worse than ever and believes the increase is due to the loss of innocence many children go through at a much younger age. Fried also fixed blame on violent television programming and video games. She went on to point out that many of the school shootings, which have shocked the nation in the past, were caused by those who were bullied and ostracized by their peers.

After Fried’s speech, the rest of the panel was introduced. It included Detective Ernesto Gaxiola of the Glendale Police Department. He presented the dating violence scenario as a type of bullying in addition to the more commonly known forms such as physical bullying and “cyber-bullying.”

Some believe that when bullying is reduced in schools a reduction in crimes such as domestic violence may also occur. Suggestions were offered at the forum including moving computers into a common place in the household in order to deter cyberbullying, and offering a willingness to talk about bullying without being judgmental.

Coleman added that bullies are no longer only the biggest kid in school, but due to the Internet, anyone can be a bully, often without fear of repercussions.

2 Responses to "Forum Offers Advice to Prevent Bullying"

  1. joyce holton crawford   January 21, 2011 at 7:11 am

    Superintendent of Humboldt, Iowa, schools reports fewer incidents of bullying after all students in grades 2 – 8 read and discussed DON’T CALL ME MICHAEL. This is a story about bullying, friendship, and forgiveness, and is an excellent vehicle to spark discussion about what is really taking place in your school. Check out more info at

  2. Judge Tom   January 20, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    After 23 years in juvenile court, I believe that teenagers often learn from the experiences of their peers, not just from being lectured by those in authority. Consequently, “Teen Cyberbullying Investigated” was published in 2010.

    Endorsed by Dr. Phil [“Bullied to Death”], “Teen Cyberbullying Investigated” presents real cases of teens in trouble over their online and cell phone activities. Civil & criminal sanctions have been imposed on teens over their emails, blogs, text messages, Facebook and YouTube posts and more. TCI is interactive and promotes education & awareness so that our youth will begin to “Think B4 U Click.”

    Thanks for looking at “Teen Cyberbullying Investigated” on [publisher] or on [a free website for & about teens and the laws that affect them.]
    Regards, -Judge Tom

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