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Burbank Unified reestablishes hot line for students to report bullying

August 11, 2012 |  1:35 pm

With more attention being paid to the potentially tragic effects of bullying, particularly online, the Burbank Unified School District has resurrected a hot line for students to report abuse.

As students prepare to return from summer break, Tom Steele, director of student services, said he printed 1,000 fliers with the hot line's phone number and email that will hang in every classroom in the district, from kindergarten through high school.

The hot line has been six months in the works, and comes after new cyber-bullying laws have been created to support California students. The reactivated hot line for reporting bullying was last operable in 2006.

Now, with increased awareness of bullying, Steele said, the hot line is back in business.

“Burbank doesn't have any more or any less [bullying] than any other place,” said Burbank Unified school board member Roberta Reynolds. “We just need to be very vigilant.”

The hot line also is borne out of an ongoing bullying discussion on how parents, teachers and administrators handle the consequences of student behavior on digital platforms, particularly social media websites.

The new bullying hot line is (818) 729-4589. Or students may send an email to StopBullying@burbankusd.org.

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