Anti-bullying seminar hosted by Cooley, Oct. 22

Thomas M. Cooley Law School will host "Working Together to Stop Bullying" on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at Cooley's Auburn Hills campus. The seminar will focus on how to stop bullying and harassment in schools under "Matt's Safe School Law." The law, signed by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder in December 2011, is named after Matt Epling, high school freshman from East Lansing who killed himself in 2002 after being bullied by upperclassman.

The seminar, hosted by Cooley, is specifically for members of the Metropolitan Detroit Bureau of School Studies, Inc. Members are invited to check in at 8:30 a.m. The seminar runs from 9 a.m. until 12:15 p.m.

Presenters include Saginaw County 70th District Court Judge M.T. Thompson Jr., Cooley Professor Monica Nuckolls, and Dr. and Professor Gwendolyn Thompson McMillon, Oakland University. The seminar will feature discussions with authors of The Weekly Bully Beat Down.

An overview will inform attendees on what "Matt's Safe School Law" means for Michigan school districts. Attendees will also receive resources indicating what administrators, teachers, students and parents can do to stop bullying. These resources will include educational material on how to tell if a child is being bullied, recognize the profile of a bully, recognize the profile of a victim, and detect the warning signs for teen shooters and suicide.

"Making sure schools and parents have access to educational resources is key," said Nuckolls, one of the seminar's organizers. "Educating about the warning signs, prevention tactics, and consequences that can occur will be the first step of educators working together to stop bullying."

To register for this seminar, contact the Metropolitan Detroit Bureau of School Studies at 313-577-1611 or Deborah Berger at

Published: Wed, Oct 16, 2013


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