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ASU hosts anti-bullying summit

PHOENIX — Getting bullied is personal for the first lady of Phoenix.

“My older brother was throughout his childhood and into adolescence,” Nicole Stanton said.

Stanton, wife of Mayor Greg Stanton, brought together a panel of experts to speak Friday at the Arizona Anti-Bullying Summit being held at Arizona State University.

Stanton said students in Arizona are worse off than their national counterparts. “They report being threatened by a gun, a knife, or a bat within the past 12 months [at a rate] higher than kids nationwide.”

The world’s leading expert on anti-bullying, Dr. Dan Olweus, flew in from Norway to speak at the summit.
“To be victimized as a child in school has very serious long-term consequences,” Olweus said.

“It results in later anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation and other things.”

About 300 are expected to attend the event, which will offer five workshops, Stanton said.

The summit runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.