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PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - A roundtable discussion held Tuesday addressed anti-bullying efforts in Palm Beach County School District.

The event focused on issues in schools and the communities as well as strategies.  Parents, students and community members were welcomed to share thoughts and ideas in the discussion.

Some resources are available online through the district website

The U.S. Department of Education says about a third of children ages 12 to 18 report being bullied.  Experts at the discussion said bullying is about power and it can be direct or indirect.  There are more obvious forms of bullying like physical touch or verbal name calling, but it can also include cyberbullying, exclusion and gossip.

Every school in the state of Florida is required to adhere to certain requirements in terms of education of students and staff, and also in the reporting of bullying incidents.  

The discussion was hosted by the new Superintendent, Robert M. Avossa, Ed. D. and General Counsel Julie Ann Rico, Esq. 

The Honorable Judge Ronald Alvarez was the moderator.  He is a longtime advocate for children's issues.  He retired from the Palm Beach County Circuit Court in 2014.

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