For Immediate Release - March 20, 2007

D.A. Blodgett's School Safety Conference To Feature New York Times Best Selling Author

Rachel Simmons, best selling author of "Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls," will be the keynote speaker at Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett's Annual School Safety Conference.

The conference, which is already filled to capacity, will take place in Coolidge Hall at the Topsfield Fair Grounds on Wednesday, April 11, from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

"Odd Girl Out" is the first book to explore the phenomenon of bullying among girls. Ms. Simmons has spoken nationwide about female aggression and its impact on the lives of girls and women. Ms. Simmons has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, and Dateline NBC. Her work has also been profiled in numerous publications, including The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times.

Other conference speakers will include District Attorney Blodgett, John Bynoe, Associate Commissioner for the Department of Education, Andrew Tarsy, Director of the New England Region of the Anti-Defamation League, Philip Fogelman, also of the ADL, and Lawrence Police Lt. Sean Burke.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League, Department of Mental Health Northeast Area Office, Health & Education Services, along with the Beverly, Lynn and Triton Regional Public School Districts.

The media are welcome to attend.

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