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Bullying lawsuit against Green Local Schools approved to continue
The case will proceed in U.S. District Court

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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Sounds like Green Schools. I got treated like crap until I got out of high school. The teachers/faculty always played dumb and no one was ever punished. Green is the kind of school system that will suspend kids for getting beat up but not for doing the beating. They've always been like that and always will be. I graduated years ago. Obviously nothing has changed. If your parents don't make triple figures or you're not on the football team, they don't care what happens to you. The only thing that school has going for it is curriculum. But as alot of high school and college grads are finding out, that means absolutely nothing if you aren't able to develop the social skills and confidence needed to function in the work place.

Posted by: Former Student (Akron, OH) on January 6, 2015 11:01AM
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