Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Community Notice: Teens find hope, help at PACER's National Center for Bullying Prevention

For teens dealing with bullying, PACER's National Center for Bullying Prevention ( offers resources and advice that help them respond effectively and avoid the desperation that too often leads to tragedy (

Suicides of teens who have been relentlessly bullied continue to make national headlines, most recently the story about Massachusetts teen Phoebe Prince who was bullied and committed suicide. Multiple felony indictments against several students were announced Monday in that case.

"Clearly, bullying can lead to tragic results not only for the youth who are bullied, but for the students who engage in it, the school, and the whole community," says Julie Hertzog, director of PACER's National Center for Bullying Prevention based in Minneapolis, Minn. "At the Center, we continually hear comments from teens dealing with bullying. This is a very real and painful issue that kids are facing. More than 160,000 children nationwide stay home every day from school to avoid bullying. But teens don't have to suffer alone, and further tragedies can be prevented."

PACER's National Center for Bullying Prevention recently created a Web site created for teens ( It's the latest resource produced by the Center that empowers teens worldwide to prevent bullying through creative, relevant, and interactive resources.

Source: PACER Center

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