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Maryland Public Schools Get Aggressive With Bullying

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All 24 Maryland public school districts have created or updated their bullying policies in time for this academic year.

The state requires all school districts to identify bullying, monitor such behavior and have intervention policies in place--both for those who are bullied and those who bully.

Andres Alphonso, the CEO of Baltimore City Schools says the point is not about blame but about changing behavior. Alphonso says cyber bullying can be "extraordinarily difficult" to tackle because so much of it takes place at home.

Alphonso says parents should talk to their children and to each other so they can report what's happening to school authorities. The Maryland Department of Education official says more than 3,000 students were suspended or expelled for bullying or harassment during the 2007-2008 school year.

Kavitha Cardoza reports...

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