NORTHBROOK, IL — As part of its National Bullying Prevention Month coverage, Patch contacted administrators of dozens of public school districts in Chicago area suburbs to see how they handle bullying in their communities. Across the country, bullying is a problem that affects more than one in five students. While may boil it down to the idea that “kids will be kids,” studies show that students who are bullied are at increased risk for anxiety, depression, poor self-image, mental health and behavior problems and poor school adjustment. Northbrook Patch posed a series of questions about bullying earlier this month to administrators of Northbrook School District 27, Northbrook District 28, Northbrook/Glenview District 30 and Glenbrook North High School. Representatives of each all but one district responded with statements (included below) that generally addressed the issue without providing direct answers to the questions asked. District 27 was the only district not to respond to the questions at all. In a separate message, communications consultant Jenny Quinn described the district as a recognized leader in the implementation of a framework to address the most pressing behavior challenges called “positive behavior intervention supports.” Two of District 27’s three schools, Shabonee and Wood Oaks, have… Read full this story
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