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Bullying Policies in Schools

MARION, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--Many Eastern Iowa students are heading back to class this week, and a survey shows more than half of them could be bullied.

The 2012 Iowa Youth Survey reported that 57 percent of students said that in the last 30 days they had been bullied at school.

Governor Branstad will host his second annual "Bullying Prevention Summit" in November; the focus this time how lawmakers can help with the problem.

Lyn Griffioen has three children in the college community school district, and with the first day of fall semester just two days away, she says they are in good hands.

"As a kid I think we all have been through that process at some point but I like the programs they are instituting in the school this time, she said.

She's talking about bullying.

According to a study by the American Medical Association, more than 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year.

It's why districts like college community are reminding teachers of their anti-bullying programs.

"It's a program that's used around the world and we do use it in all of our schools here. It's really a framework, said College Community elementary counselor, Jennifer Neira.

At college community the program helps staff set up a positive environment along with other anti-bullying rules.

The program is something officials in the Linn Mar School District also use.

In fact every week, students are reminded of the policy: If you see it happen, talk to an adult or teacher. If it's happening to you- do the same.

"We want to make sure our staff and our students are all safe in our building and that they feel safe, Linn Marr executive director of student services, Julie Jensen.

Something Lyn says is easily achieved if parents start the conversation early.

"It stars at home. I thing anti- bullying starts with the parents being really active and present in their kids lives, she said.

The programs were first used here in the Linn-Mar district eight years ago, and this particular program continues to spread throughout the state.

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