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The nature of bullying and the proliferation of bully prevention programs for schools is well-documented. Research indicates that the most effective programs are those that are implemented school-wide. Forty-nine states have passed some type of legislation that deals with bully-prevention in schools. Clearly, schools throughout the country are developing and implementing school-wide bullying prevention programs. Yet students continue to be bullied at an alarming rate, with some studies citing figures in excess of 50% (Rose, Monda-Amaya & Espelage, 2001; McNamara, 2013). Students who engage in bullying select those students who are the most vulnerable, including those with special needs. One issue about school-wide programs is that they are frequently inaccessible to all students. Therefore, students with disabilities may never be taught how to deal with bullying. This article provides recommendations that enable schools to modify their school-wide programs so that all students can feel safe in school, including those with special needs.
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