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Don Ruud, Fergus Falls, Minn., Published January 15 2013

Letter: Great program at Fargo school

Bullying is a growing issue in our schools.

Many children in our public schools are living in fear, the result of bullying by fellow students. Most schools react to bullying by establishing policies, rules and punishment for the bullies, usually with little success.

However, Bill Lucas, a reading teacher at Discovery Middle School in Fargo, has started a program that has potential for actually solving the problem of bullying.

An article in last week’s Forum briefly describes the program, called “Don’t Look at Me.” (His kids actually had input into the development of the program.)

Lucas’ program focuses on identifying the results of bullying. The next step is for our schools to begin to see the importance of teaching virtues, including self-control, kindness, doing good things for others and being faithful and gentle with their fellow students.

I commend The Forum for publishing the article and encourage you to follow up and publicly support what Lucas is trying to do. Who knows, maybe this will be the beginning of the end of bullying.