Iowa holds second annual anti-bullying summit


A second anti-bullying summit, backed by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, was planned for Monday, November 4, 2013.

The 2013 summit follows up the first one held in 2012 which reportedly was attended by about 1,100 students and adults.

The 2013 summit’s keynote speaker is author Emily Bazelon, who wrote “Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy.”

The summit is aimed at students and adults, and will include sessions on how both groups can help develop strategies to stop bullying.

A note from Branstad on says more than half of Iowa sixth-, eighth- and 11th-graders reported being bullied at school in some way in the past 30 days in 2012.

The summit was held in Des Moines.  It was to stream live online between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

For the live stream – click here.

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