Michigan law requires that schools adopt policies to prohibit bullying behaviors and have procedures in place so they can respond. (M. Kukhlman)LANSING, Mich. – Homework isn’t the only thing some Michigan kids dread as they head back to school, as a new nationwide analysis ranks Michigan worst for bullying. According to the online-survey site WalletHub, the state is also third for the percentage of high-school kids bullied on school property. As an expert in adolescent violence, Janet Olsen, an academic specialist with Michigan State University Extension suggested parents learn the school’s bullying-prevention strategies. In Michigan, she explained, state law requires that schools adopt policies to prohibit bullying behaviors and have procedures in place so they can respond. “It also requires that schools provide training for staff and educational programs for kids and parents, that would focus on strategies for preventing, identifying, responding to, reporting these kinds of things,” she said.
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