Tallahassee, Florida --
The anti-bullying task force met again Monday to think of ways to educate the Big Bend community.
The task force is hoping to raise awareness of bullying, whether it be cyber bullying, bullying in the workplace or the more traditional school bullying.
The state of Florida has one of the strictest bullying laws with the Jeffrey Johnson Anti-bullying act, but it's not widely understood or implemented. The task force is working to make it more well-known.
Rachel Pienta is the coordinator of the anti-bullying task force. She said, "Bullying is a problem that has far reaching implications beyond the idea that bullying is something that happens on the playground ... it's a normal right of passage."
Studies the task force is looking at include safeyouth.org and the C.D.C. One in particular shows that those who bully have higher rates of entering the criminal justice system.
The group meets every month to talk about the issues.
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