For Immediate Release - September 09, 2010

D.A. Blodgett Hosts Annual School Safety Conference

District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett's annual Essex County School Safety Conference will feature internationally renowned author Rosalind Wiseman, author of "Queen Bees and Wannabees," and 16-year-old author Brigitte Berman, who wrote "Dorie Witt's Guide to Surviving Bullies."

The conference, "Prevention Strategies and Planning: Bullying, Cyberbullying, and School Violence," will take place on Thursday, September 30, from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Peabody Marriott, 8A Centennial Drive, Peabody. Attending the event, which is filled to capacity, will be educators, legislators, law enforcement officers and other professionals.

"The demand for knowledge when it comes to confronting bullying, cyberbullying and other dangerous behaviors among our youth is intense, and this conference represents our continuing efforts to ensure that our children and school communities remain safe," said District Attorney Blodgett. "The Internet and other electronic means of communication our children use have presented challenges to educators and law enforcement professionals that we never would have imagined 20 years ago, and it is imperative that we work together."

Ms. Wiseman is a recognized expert on children, teens, parenting, social justice and ethical leadership. Her book, "Queen Bees and Wannabees," was the basis for the movie "Mean Girls." She also writes the monthly "Ask Rosalind," Column in Family Circle Magazine.

Brigitte Berman is a high school junior who wrote her book because she felt an urgent need to raise awareness and take action on the topic of bullying. She has spent the past year speaking in schools and communities about all aspects of bullying, and has been featured on numerous television and radio shows.

The conference will also feature Nancy Mullin, M. Ed, who is the Director of Bullying Prevention Solutions and a Program Director for the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, and Richard Cole, Esq., a nationally known civil rights attorney and former Civil Rights Division Chief in the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office.

The conference is presented in collaboration with the Anti-Defamation League A World of Difference Institute, New England Region.

Members of the media are welcome to attend. The agenda is attached to this press release.