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April 26, 2001

VITERBO FACULTY MEMBER TO DISCUSS SCHOOL BULLYING AT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

LA CROSSE, Wis—A Viterbo University professor has been invited to Sacred Heart College in Belize, Central America this summer to present a workshop on strategies to prevent school violence by curbing bullying.

Dr. Grant Smith, a member of Viterbo’s English faculty, will be featured at the conference July 26. Smith, who taught high school for 13 years prior to coming to Viterbo, first became interested in school safety after one of his colleagues was shot  and killed by a student in a Las Vegas high school where they were teaching at in 1982. He has since received training from the National School Safety Center (NSSC) and is now a certified workshop presenter on school violence.

Several years ago, Smith  received a sabbatical from Viterbo and returned to Las Vegas to study the effects the school shooting had on students and teachers who witnessed the violence.

Smith’s presentation at Sacred Heart College in San Ignacio, Belize is expected to be attended by 150 teachers and principals from secondary schools located throughout the Caribbean region. Smith can be reached at 608-796-3485

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