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Education: Schools hold workshops on bullying

Three days of workshops this week for students, teachers and parents will provide strategies to deal with bullying.

The sessions will be led by Mike Dreiblatt, a former teacher in New York City, who now runs an educational consulting service in Vermont. "We wanted someone powerful to speak to our students and staff," said Kelly Kelley, risk manager for the Georgetown County School District.

District staff have been working for the last year on ways to strategies to address bullying. "Bullying has become a hot topic in the educational system and Georgetown County School District wants to be proactive in sharing information on this topic," Kelley said.

Dreiblatt will hold parent workshops in each of the district's four attendance areas starting March 5 at 6 p.m. at Andrews High. He will be at Waccamaw High at 12:30 p.m. and Georgetown High at 6 p.m. on March 6. He will be at Carvers Bay on March 7 at 6 p.m.

He will also work with staff on March 6 and give two video presentations to district students during his visit: March 6 at 9 a.m. for grades two through five and March 7 at 9 a.m. for grades six through 12.

Dreiblatt defines bullying as the the use of physical, verbal or social power by one person or group to harass or intimidate a person or group with less power. The workshops will give students a chance to practice the steps he says bystanders can take when they see bullying. They will give staff practice in intervention, and they will show parents how to help their children respond to bullying and work with the school.

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