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Gresey: Public invited to bullying forum

Published: Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012 6:12 a.m. CDT

Today, the Kane County Chronicle concludes its special report on bullying.

Our stories, which were published in the newspaper over four days, explored the issue of bullying, noting it does not just happen in other communities, but it does occur in Kane County. Additionally, the report looked into what defines a bully, where bullying takes place and what can be done to solve the issue.

We hope our stories will have an impact. And, to conclude our bullying report, we are planning a special event.

The Kane County Chronicle – in conjunction with its sister paper, the Daily Chronicle, and Kaneland School District 302 – will host a bullying forum from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Kaneland High School, 47W326 Keslinger Road, Maple Park. The event will be in the school’s auditorium.

As part of the forum, a panel of guests will speak about the issue of bullying and answer questions from audience members. The panel will be comprised of Erika Schlichter, Kaneland director of educational services 6 through 12; Stella Katsoudas, a Chicago-area rock musician who has spoken out about bullying; Pat Perez, sheriff of Kane County; Dr. Robert Wallace, a nationally syndicated columnist whose work appears daily in our newspaper; Andrea Monroe, associate director at the DeKalb County Youth Service Bureau; and Kyle Clausen, a graduate of Kaneland High School who has fought against bullying.

We’re anticipating a lively and productive discussion and invite you to attend. The event is free.

Those who would like to catch up on the stories in our bullying series can do so by visiting www.kcchronicle.com/projects/bullying.

• Kathy Gresey is editor of the Kane County Chronicle. Contact her at kgresey@shawmedia.com or 630-845-5368.

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