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Bullying lawsuit against Green Local Schools approved to continue
The case will proceed in U.S. District Court
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Jim Bisenius, founder of Bully-Proofing Youth, says working with the victims of bullying is the best way he's found to combat bullying.
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A federal appeals court says a bullying lawsuit against Green Local Schools will continue in U.S. District Court.

Lisa Shively filed the suit in 2011 on behalf of her daughter, who said she was harassed largely for being Jewish.

Therapist Jim Bisenius is the founder of Bully-Proofing Youth, a prevention program. He says the best way to combat bullying is by working with the victims and bullies directly.

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“I have found that, most of the time, kids learning a way to counter the exclusion and the bulling and the direct put down and responding in a way that shuts down the fun for the kids pulling fear from them – that’s kind of the long term goal for me.”

Although Bisenius believes working with the students is more beneficial than taking the issue to court, he understands why this turned into a lawsuit.

The lawsuit claims Shively’s daughter was regularly called a “dirty Jew” and “Hitler” and also endured physical abuse, including shoving and kicking.
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