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Professor develops first-of-its-kind conference on bullying

Monday, October 11, 2004

Dr. John Hoover

Special education professor Dr. John Hoover, a nationally known expert on bullying, took the lead and developed a national conference on the subject. “Bye-Bye Bullies” was held in Anchorage, Alaska, early this summer.

It was the first conference of its kind in the nation, according to the organizer.

Among the 10 speakers were an educator interested in the relationship between depression and bullying; a trainer for the Norwegian Ministry of Education anti-bullying program; and the author of “Bully Busters” and “Bully Busters in the Elementary School.“

Hoover has published three books on bullying. His particular interests are student perceptions of victimization, bullying and risk behavior, and bullying in rural schools. Hoover chairs the Department of Special Education at SCSU, his alma mater.

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