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Model anti-bullying program has proven itself effective

Program conceived 20 years before New York State’s ‘Dignity for All Students Act’

Ivy Carter and Jessica Patalino react to the labels on their foreheads at the recent "Be Cool, Not Cruel" event at the high school. They don’t know what their own labels say, but everyone else is treating them based on their labels.

Ivy Carter and Jessica Patalino react to the labels on their foreheads at the recent "Be Cool, Not Cruel" event at the high school. They don’t know what their own labels say, but everyone else is treating them based on their labels. Lori Ruhlman

— They were able to guess pretty accurately what their labels said by the way that others treated them. They talked about how the labels made them feel.

New York State’s Dignity for All Students Act

New York State’s Dignity for All Students Act (The Dignity Act) seeks to provide the State’s public elementary and secondary school students with a safe and supportive environment free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment, and bullying on school property, a school bus and/or at a school function. The Dignity Act was signed into law on Sept. 13, 2010 and took effect on July 1, 2012.

The day ended with a pledge, signed by students in each group, vowing to “promote a positive school atmosphere where all students are respected.”

Lori Ruhlman is the Skaneateles CSD public information officer.

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