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Changing Bully Behavior: Refocusing energy of bullies

WEST CHESTER, Ohio (Larry Davis) -- A Miami University professor has a plan to refocus a bully's energy and attention.

She presented her plan to educators and counselors Friday in West Chester.  When it comes to the hot topic of bullying most of the time the action and aftermath is caring for the victim and consequences for the bully.  But now people are trying to get to the root of the problem by changing the bully's behavior.

The Butler County Family and Children First council brought together school, community, and mental health leaders to share ideas on just how to deal with bullying.  They viewed videos of the effects of bullying and how some choose not to intervene. 

Dr. Cricket Meehan with Miami University told the group while there should be consequences for bullying, it is also important to turn a negative into a positive.  Doctor Meehan presented the results of a recent survey of 3rd through 12th grade students across the country.  It shows that 17 percent of kids reported being bullied while 10 percent say they bullied others.

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