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October deemed anti-bullying month

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The month-long theme of October is to put an end to bullying.

Waterloo Community Schools is taking part in the nationwide effort and will have anti-bullying events throughout the month. Waterloo students will get anti-bullying bracelets Friday night at the Waterloo East vs. Waterloo West football game.

Other events include:

  • Oct.7- National GO BLUE - everyone encouraged to wear blue.
  • Oct. 9- National Unity Day - wear orange to show acceptance
  • Oct. 15- Movie night at West and Central: BULLY 6:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 29- Mix It Up Day - sit with someone else at lunch
  • Oct. 29- Movie night at East and Expo: BULLY 6:00 p.m.
  • Oct. 31- Stand Up - wear pink

Bullying does not discriminate against city limits, as its fists have impacts across the state of Iowa. According to an Iowa Youth Survey, 57 percent of Iowa sixth, eighth and eleventh graders reported being bullied in 2012.

Bullying is covered in Iowa law and policy. In a Gazette report, Governor Branstad officials said he is looking toward new anti-bullying legislation for 2014.

"We're looking at possible legislation," said Linda Fandel, special education assistant to Branstad. "We want to be able to move forward and better address some of the concerns that had been raised."

The Governor is planning to hold his second Bullying Prevention Summit on Nov. 4 in Des Moines.

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