Michigan educators combat bullying

Matt's Safe School Law is named after Matt Epling

Educators from across Michigan are getting a lesson in combating bullying.

Itâ??s a part of a statewide summit, called "Working Together to Stop School Violence.â??

Kevin Epling knows first hand the devastating effects bullying can have.

â??Bullying is much more emotional based than physical,â?? says Epling.

â??Mattâ??s Safe School Law,â?? passed in 2011, is named for Kevinâ??s son.

Matt Epling took his own life in 2002 after a high school hazing incident.

â??I don't think we can stop it all, part of it is human nature, but we can do a lot to prevent,â?? says Epling.

Preventing bullying is what Epling is teaching Saginaw educator Susan Duran

â??You have to be aware of the possibilities and actually go look and see how the students are interacting with one another,â?? says Duran.

Saginaw judge M.T. Thompson also speaking Friday, encouraging educators to take proactive steps.

â??Itâ??s important for us now to come up with anti-bullying programs and for us to get these programs out into the schools,â?? says Thompson.

He spearheads a program called â??The Weekly Bully Beat Down.â??

Thompson writes the newspaper for students with his daughter who organized Fridayâ??s conference.

â??Iâ??ve got three little boys so this is a personal issue for me too,â?? says Monica Nuckolls, a professor at Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

The father and daughter hopes educators take new tools back to the classrooms to fight bullying.

â??Itâ??s a great opportunity to be with a group of people that have a similar focus to do good things with kids,â?? says Duran.

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