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    Local businesses become safe havens for bullying victims

    Date: 02.22.12 | by Judge Tom.

    In an effort to fight bullying on and off campus, a school district in Colorado has agreed to work with law enforcement and the business community. Businesses that have a strong student customer base will be targeted for participation in the program.

    The school district’s logo will be printed on posters that will be displayed by the business owner. He or she will be trained on the purpose of a safe haven, how it should be used and their role in helping students who seek refuge at their business.

    A list of safe havens will be given to every student. This takes the saying that “it takes a village to raise a child” to a new level. Everyone is affected by traditional bullying and cyberbullying. Just like classrooms that are designated as safe havens on campus, the bully will see that adults off-campus have joined the fight against this epidemic.

    We commend the Pueblo Colorado School District for implementing this measure. We hope it’s successful and spreads across the nation.

    Judge Tom

    This post was written by Judge Tom. Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

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