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Bullying Expert Outlines CdA Problem

Item: Bullying expert finds hope: Wessler sees courage, empathy in area schools/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: The issue is seen locally, (Stephen Wessler) said, in highly sexually degrading language used by boys to talk about girls and when speaking directly to them. He said he also found evidence of another problem he's seen increasing over the years -- "casual touching" or "casual sexual assault," instances of boys groping or slapping girls' butts or breasts. The level of racially degrading language and jokes is high, he said, but not any higher than elsewhere. Like most places, he said most racially degrading jokes were about blacks.

Question: Has your child ever had problems with bullying at the local schools?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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