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Anti-bullying task force to update public on community initiative

The public is invited to a meeting of the Anti-bullying Task Force from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesday in the main auditorium of the Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway.

This community-wide initiative is spearheaded by the Erie County juvenile justice system and the Buffalo Public Schools and includes representatives from as many as two dozen local partners, including parent groups, law enforcement, Child Protective Services and anti-violence organizations. They all are trying to figure out how best to address bullying.

Bullying has long been an issue for the schools, and has often been left for them to handle. But it also is spilling over into the juvenile justice system, serving as a reminder of the wider problem.

Leadership of the task force, which was spurred by Erie County Family Court Judge Brenda M. Freedman, will provide an update Tuesday on the work that the group has done. Recommendations are expected sometime this summer.

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