Many Colo. Students Afraid of Bullies
Visiting Colorado's 63 counties, state Attorney General Ken Salazar heard
first-hand the concerns of Colorado students about violence, bullying and
drug use, Reuters reported Nov. 16. The visits were part of Salazar's youth
violence initiative, launched after last year's Columbine High School
During his visits, Salazar discovered that a number of students stay home
from school because they are afraid of bullying. "Five percent of students
in Colorado stay home one or more days every month, and in the Hispanic
community it's over 10 percent," he said.
Furthermore, Salazar said, 80 percent of students he met with raised their
hands when asked if they were aware of bullying in their schools. In several
cases, teachers and administrators denied there was a problem.
The state's safe-schools program is designed to provide Colorado's 1,500
schools with assistance for safety planning and to help communities identify
Salazar also recently announced a $10 million grant from the Colorado Trust
to establish after-school programs. He said he would ask the Colorado state
legislature to appropriate funds for a bullying-prevention program.