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Norman councilman votes against anti-bullying proclamation

A proclamation declaring October as National Bullying Prevention Month drew support from all but one Norman City Council member. Councilman Dave Spaulding voted against the measure, but declined to comment on the reason for his lack of support.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Published: October 25, 2012
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A city councilman voted against a proclamation Tuesday that declared October as National Bullying Prevention Month in Norman.

Councilman Dave Spaulding of Ward 5 gave no reason for his vote against the decree. All other eight council members voted in favor of the proclamation.

Spaulding declined to comment about his vote when questioned during a break in the meeting. He said he “would be happy to have a conversation about it some other time.”

Spaulding did not return telephone calls on Wednesday.

Mayor Cindy Rosenthal signed the proclamation, which denounced bullying and affirmed community efforts to prevent such behavior, particularly in schools.

The proclamation was presented to Norman Public Schools Superintendent Joe Siano and Police Chief Keith Humphrey, both of whom spoke in support of the measure.

“Bullying is a real issue in our district and across the country,” Siano said. “I would like to thank the council for stepping up and making this resolution,” he said.

Humphrey said he thinks the proclamation will help police in efforts to combat bullying.

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by Jane Glenn Cannon
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A native of Oklahoma, Jane Glenn Cannon is an award-winning reporter who has covered everything from crime, courts and government to entertainment and features. She wrote a popular personal column for many years. She is a former associate writer...
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About the proclamation

The proclamation contains the definition, denounces the behavior and states that bullying occurs “in neighborhoods, playgrounds, schools, work places and through technology, such as the Internet and cellphones.”

Bullying “is the most common form of violence, affecting millions of American children and adolescents annually,” the proclamation reads.

Bullying is a real issue in our district and across the country. I would like to thank the council for stepping up and making this resolution.

Joe Siano

Norman Public Schools superintendent

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