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It was a big move on Monday for bully prevention in our schools. Governor Terry Branstad signed an executive order to end bullying in the state. It's an effort to help all children grow and not live in fear when and where the bullying will occur.

That executive order also established a bully prevention office on the University of Northern Iowa's campus.The Center for Violence Prevention has been on UNI's campus now for about ten years.

The center works with schools to develop the program, 'Mentor in Violence Prevention,' or MVP. The program helps increase awareness and provide skills for people to intervene in a safe way.

"To let that person know hey in our school or our classroom or our campus that's not acceptable, that's not who we are," said Michael Fleming, Associate Professor of Family Studies.

Right now there are only two people who work in the center. It's a one of a kind center in Iowa, partnering schools, community leaders, and college campuses. 

"It's a process but through that process there's lots of education, there's lots of conversations about this, It gets people around the table to be talking about this collectively," said Fleming. 

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