Farwell school kicking off bullying prevention effort Friday

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LEWISTON — In the wake of recent tragedies from students being bullied, the Farwell Elementary School is adopting the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. The program will be launched Friday, April 16.

The program is used in schools around the country with positive results, according to Lewiston officials. “It is our hope to roll this out to other schools. Bullying is a real issue,” Lewiston School Committee Chairman James Handy said.

Nine students were recently charged after a 15-year-old girl, Phoebe Prince of South Hadley, Mass., committed suicide in January after being taunted, threatened and sexually assaulted, according to officials. In Michigan last month, Kimberly Linczeski, 12, committed suicide after being harassed by bullies. Another recent bullying victim is Josie Lou Ratley, who was hospitalized in Florida after being brutally beaten.

Farwell’s program will begin at 2 p.m. with an assembly for students, staff, parents and the community. The event will include skits demonstrating aspects of the program, cheers and more.

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