Kansas Police Officer Wins National Anti-Bullying Award

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A Leawood police officer who has won an national award for anti-bullying programs says he originally was motivated by troubles his own son was having with a bully.

In 1992, Randy Wiler's seventh-grade son was beaten by a bully who had bothered him since preschool. Wiler had the bully arrested. But he says he realized his son's school had been unaware of the problem.

Two anti-bullying programs Wiler created in response have earned him the title of 2006 International DARE Officer of the Year. He is the first Kansas officer to earn the distinction since the award was established in 1990.

Wiler's programs are now used internationally. They focus on making children, parents and schools aware of bullying and how to stop it.