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.
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At a glance
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.
Task force helped
Rosenthal said a community task force consisting of members of the police department, public schools, the Xenia Institute, local churches and other community stakeholders was formed to address the problem of bullying.
She said task force members developed a definition of bullying “that is all-encompassing and easily understandable for all ages, which is that bullying is repeated, intentional aggressive behavior that involves an imbalance of power used to inflict emotional distress or physical harm.”
The proclamation lauds police and the school district for taking a leadership role in bullying prevention “and actively working with families, faith-based organizations, social service agencies and others to ensure that the topic of bullying is addressed as a community awareness and education issue.”