Nearly 3 months into the school year, bullying is definitely a big part of the national conversation.
Here in the sunflower state schools are joining prevention programs to stop bullying.
One study found that a 3rd of the nation's school-age children report being bullied at least once a month.
The state of Kansas is now tackling that problem... by introducing "Steps to Respect" in Kansas schools.
The Steps to Respect program... with its wide-ranging curriculum.. is being implemented at 15 schools around Kansas.
3rd to 6th graders will be shown how to recognize, refuse and report bullying.
Monday, though.. it was time to train the instructors.
This programs' framework addresses bullying... by teaching kids and adults what bullying is... how they should respond to it ... then help stop it.
This initiative is funded by a grant provided to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
Schools Selected for the "Steps to Respect" Program for the 2010/2011 academic school year:
Erie Elementary School; Erie
Kingman Elementary School; Kingman
St. Mark's School; Colwich
Country View Elementary; Winfield
Most Pure Heart of Mary; Topeka
Hoxie Community Schools; Hoxie
Hoyl Spirit Catholic School; Goddard
West Indianola Elementary School; Topeka
Rochester Elementary School; Topeka
Riverton Elementary; Riverton
Stafford Elementray/Middle; Stafford
Roosevelt Elementary; McPherson
Lakeside Elementary/Middle; Cawker City
Trego Grade School; Wakeeney
Mt. Hope School; Haven