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January 30, 2007 > Stop bullying!

Stop bullying!

Most of us have witnessed unacceptable behavior in others and, lamentably, in ourselves at various times of our lives. When these actions are designed to belittle others, the injurious effects are abusive to all involved including the abuser. What can be done to stem the tide of bullying and peer abuse?

The Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) has invited bestselling author, publicist and inspirational speaker Jodee Blanco for a series of presentations January 31 - February 6. Ms. Blanco's autobiography, Please Stop Laughing at me... is a heart-wrenching trip through the vulnerable years of childhood and adolescence. Within these pages, Ms. Blanco explores the agonies and triumphs of her personal journey which, in turn, illuminates patterns of our own behavior.

The effects of ignorance and insensitivity to this behavior have become more pronounced and deadly over time. While some suffer in silence and anonymity, others burst into our collective consciousness with catastrophic expressions of anger and violence. This is not a problem for outcasts and "others," it is universal and a poison affecting the fabric of civilized society. This series is an effort by FUSD to "redefine socially responsible behavior in schools" but can also be considered a universal life application for all. For additional information about the FUSD series, contact the district at (510) 657-2350.

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