For Immediate Release - October 22, 2007

D.A. Blodgett Focuses On Elementary School Bullying Prevention

Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett will host an Elementary School Safety Conference on Friday, October 26, from 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in Coolidge Hall at the Topsfield Fairgrounds. The conference topic is "Preventing and Responding to Bullying and Harassment in Elementary Schools."

Among the speakers will be author Jon Oliver, who wrote "Lesson One: The ABC's of Life." He has frequently appeared in the national media and has made presentations around the country. His school-reform efforts have earned him commendations from the White House.

Also featured will be Caroline Watts, Ed.D., Director of the Children's Hospital Neighborhood Partnerships Program, which is the community mental health outreach program of the Department of Psychiatry at Children's Hospital in Boston.

The third presenter will be Doug Cureton, the former National Director of Training for the Anti-Defamation League's "A World of Difference" Institute in New York City. He currently serves as a senior Training Consultant for the Institute.

The conference is presented in collaboration with the Anti-Defamation League's "A World of Difference" Institute, New England Region, the Beverly and Lynn Public Schools, and the Triton Regional School District.

The media are cordially invited to attend.

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