Sherburne County prosecutor has taken on bullies for a decade

  • Article by: PAUL LEVY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 18, 2012 - 11:09 PM

 She helps kids resist bullying and, when they do, she has their back.

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oreganojoeFeb. 19, 1210:46 AM

Wow - a kid was ridiculed by others for wearing a pink shirt. That is the worst form of bullying imaginable. I am glad we spend so much time devoted to making people sensitive to others. I foolishly thought that the schools job was to educate students in academics.

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jtriceFeb. 19, 1210:49 AM

Headline: "Sherburne County prosecutor has taken on bullies for a decade" Dang, and I thought this was going to be a story about a prosecutor who actually went after rouge cops.

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lawyerguyFeb. 19, 1211:03 AM

oreganjoe--Actually, it is more difficult to learn in an environment where students are harrassed and villified by others for something as simple as a clothing choice. I applaud Shereburne county and its attorneys for making an effort to curb this behavior. Students who are bullied live with those consequences for decades. Many bullies will never be reformed but, perhaps, the spector of juvenile prosecution will teach them self control and give other students the opportunity to learn.

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libsrhypcrtsFeb. 19, 1212:57 PM

I'm generally not in favor of govt. telling us how to live. However this makes sense. My folks moved around a great deal when I was young, as a result I attended school in 6 different districts growing up. I was always the new kid and got into a lot of fights defending myself from bullies. As a result, I don't deal well with being a victim and have a hard time walking away from someone who wrongs me. Had this program been in place when I was young I probably wouldn't have this propensity to get into people's faces who have treated me poorly.

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skier_rickFeb. 21, 1210:42 AM

She should look at her own bullying behavior she conducts on a daily basis through the antiquated court system where prejudice, bias, intimidation, threats, coercion and bullying abounds.

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urbys4Feb. 21, 12 5:12 PM

I commend Victoria Powell and the Sherburne County School District for this project and the fact that bullies are made to pay consequences for their actions. Too often bullies are allowed to continue with their behavior due to lack of enforcement of consequences by those in charge. I wish that every school district had this type of a program in place!

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basia2186Feb. 22, 12 9:04 AM

Perhaps if we allowed a little bit of the 'good book' back into schools it would help. Just re-arrange the words to "do unto others as you would have them do unto you" to make them p.c. Children that are cruel have learned that at home. That cannot be fixed or legislated.

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billpayerFeb. 25, 1212:33 PM

Gov Dayton missed it, he should add Ms. Powell to the Task Force. "Gov. Dayton announces membership to Task Force on the Prevention of School Bullying"

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mamazogMar. 5, 1211:30 AM

"Children that are cruel have learned that at home. That cannot be fixed or legislated." The Golden Rule isn't from the Bible, anyway. It dates back nearly two centuries BCE to the Hammurabai and Ancient Babylon. Ms. Powell is teaching just that, and it seems she is having some success, in spite of herself. Not every good principle springs from the Christian bible.

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rshacklefordMar. 5, 12 1:13 PM

"You have a choice: You can do nothing or you can stand up for these kids," Powell, the driving force behind Sherburne County's Bullying Intervention Project, tells students. She also tells them: "Treat each other with kindness or you may see me again -- in court." ---- I like her. Parents should too.

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