District Attorney Capeless with Heidi Tremlett's second grade class from Egremont Elementary School
Long before the passage of the new Massachusetts anti-bullying legislation, District Attorney David F. Capeless' Office began partnering with schools across Berkshire County to combat bullying.

The Office's Bullying Prevention Initiative promotes the whole-school approach to bullying prevention and provides schools, students, parents and the community with training and education on positive behavior, bullying, cyberbullying, relational aggression, social networking, digital ethics, and appropriate use of communication technology.

On June 8, 2009, eighteen students from Heidi Tremlett's second grade class at Egremont Elementary School in Pittsfield visited the Office to talk with District Attorney Capeless about bullying behavior.

As part of the program Miss Hall's School student Isabella Tobiason read the students a story entitled "Bee Nice" which she wrote and illustrated as part of her Horizons internship with the Community Outreach and Education program of the Office. Isabella also serves on the Office's Youth Advisory Board, and fellow Board members joined in the presentation by assiting Isabella lead a discussion on the story's lesson about the importance of kindness, inclusion and respect.

District Attorney Capeless talks with students
The students made "Bee Nice" puppets and received activity books and certificates of their pledge to "Bee Nice" before going back to school.