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Updated: 03/22/2014 08:00:00AM

Education is the key

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Sheriff Grady Judd told Thursday's anti-bullying panel that pending legislation to criminalize bullying was “just a way to create criminals, not solve bullying”

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Joe Griffin, principal at Jesse Keene Elementary School,says parents need to get back to “non-negotiables” with their children to help avert bullying.

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Sgt. Rick Rose, a Lakeland Police Department School Resource Officer, attended Thursday's anti-bullying panel discussion on ways to combat bullying in schools and neighborhoods.

Superintendent Kathryn LeRoy

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Winter Haven Police Chief Gary Hester joined other law enforcement officials at Thursday's anti-bullying discussion.

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Lakeland Ledger Publisher Kevin Drake kicked off Thursday's anti-bullying panel discussion at the Sheriff's Department Auditorium.

By JEFF ROSLOW

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Eight school and law enforcement officials agreed Thursday that a solution to bullying is education, but the trick is, who’s going to do it.

School officials including Superintendent of Schools Kathryn LeRoy, Associate Superintendent Nancy Woolcott, Jesse Keene Elementary School Principal Joe Griffin and Lake Gibson High School Principal Tami Dawson all explained at a panel to discuss bullying organized by The Lakeland Ledger and Polk Vision, that the school district has launched an intensive campaign to stop bullying, but without parental support or additional resources, the schools can only go so far.

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