Bullying Prevention Big For Fayette County Schools

Reported by: Amanda Stevenson
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Updated: 8/29/2012 5:54 pm
Often, bullying doesn't come up until after it happens.
     
Fayette County Public Schools want to stop it before it starts.
    
And the district brought in a heavy hitter for this heavy topic.
     
The keynote speaker at an anti-bullying program was Thomas Perez...the federal government's top hate crime prosecutor.
      
He deals with bullying everyday.
      
It often starts in the classroom and ends up in the courtroom.

Perez is pushing for teens to be more accepting of diversity.

He, along with school administrators, says some of the bullying prevention should come from parents.

The Assistant U.S. Attorney General said that bullies often end up in court for hate crimes..and a lot of the bad attitudes about diversity come from home.

"We prosecute a lot of hate crimes cases--and have done so recently--involving father/son teams...where the hate has been transferred from the parent to the child," said Perez.

Around 700 teens attended the discussion--2400 more watched a "live" stream from their classrooms.
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