For Immediate Release - February 26, 2009

"Mean Girls" Author Will Be Keynote Speaker At D.A. Blodgett's Conference On Bullying

Best-selling author Rosalind Wiseman, who wrote "Queen Bees and Wannabes," the book on which the movie "Mean Girls" is based, will be the keynote speaker at Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett's annual School Safety Conference on Tuesday, April 7, from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., in Coolidge Hall at the Topsfield Fairgrounds.

The conference is entitled "Creating a Safe School Environment: Best Practices for Addressing Bullying, Harassment, Sexting and Aggression."

Ms. Wiseman is also the author of "Owning Up," a violence prevention curriculum designed for high school and middle school students. She is a frequent guest on the Today Show, and has been profiled in the New York Times, USA Today, Oprah, Nightline, CNN, Good Morning America and affiliates throughout the country.

The featured speaker will be Richard Cole, a nationally known civil rights attorney and former Civil Rights Division Chief in the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office. Mr. Cole has extensive experience in enforcement, investigation, counseling and prevention training in K-12.

Essex County school superintendents, administrators, educators and police, along with public and mental health providers are invited to attend the conference.

For further information please contact District Attorney Blodgett's Juvenile Justice Unit at 978-745-6610, ext. 5086.