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Educators seek to make schools safer

BECKLEY, W.Va. -- With the start of school just weeks away, a gathering of educators in Beckley is looking at ways to make schools safe and supportive.

U.S. Attorney R. Booth Goodwin is scheduled to be the keynote speaker Tuesday at the meeting, which is sponsored by the West Virginia Center for Professional Development.

The session is intended to provide school teams with an understanding of the challenges facing schools and to provide guidance on the creation of a comprehensive plan for the school year.

A report issued this year found that during the 2011-12 school year, West Virginia schools reported a total 6,313 cases in which students were disciplined for bullying, harassment and intimidation.

A Middle School Commission established by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is studying ways to reduce bullying.


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