After moderating approximately 100 public forums on bullying across the state of Alabama, I have discovered that the issue is truly complex. Citizens struggle to find a common definition for the behavior, punishments and policies vary throughout school districts, and young people are fearful of reporting bullying because they do not want to face retaliation from their tormentors. Regardless of the complexity of bullying, it is unquestionably a public issue that concerns citizens in schools, communities, and work environments across the state. But, as with many other difficult public issues, citizens often find themselves asking, “What are we going to about it?”

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