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April 18, 2014 - 9:29pm
This story from our public television partner KCPT covers the interfaith vigil on April 17 in response to the Overland Park killings in Kansas City. Check here for more video updates.   by Patrice O'Neill, Executive Producer of Not In Our Town Three people were shot to death on Sunday, April 13 by a known white supremacist who targeted the Jewish Community Center and a Jewish Retirement home in Overland Park, KS, just outside Kansas City, MO. Federal and local law enforcement officers have officially called the attack a hate crime. Our hearts go out to the families of Reat Griffin...
April 18, 2014 - 2:16pm
Girl Scouts Promote Anti-bullying Message A group of 5th-grade girls are ready to change the world. Members of Junior Girl Scout Troop 20384 are sending the message ‘Be a Buddy, Not a Bully,’ by working on a Bronze Award project as part of their effort to stop bullying. The troop shared their anti-bullying message using a PowerPoint presentation, a coloring page, and word searches at a National Day of Service event held at a local high school, according to The Alternative Press. These resources will be used in a local elementary school’s anti-bullying curriculum.   Students & Educators...
April 17, 2014 - 12:01pm
Students from high schools across Overland Park, KS wore white in honor of Reat Underwood   by Becki Cohn-Vargas, Not In Our School Director   A day after she lost her son and father to a senseless act of hate in Overland Park, Kansas, Mindy Underwood came forward in a show of great courage. “Because there is such an outpouring, we did not want to hide, and not let people grieve with us,” she said. This week, the nation stands in shock at the horrible killings perpetrated in Kansas City as an act of anti-Semitism and hate by a Ku Klux Klan leader with a history of violence. The shooter not...
April 16, 2014 - 2:58pm
Violence struck another American high school last week. On Wednesday April 9, a student in Murrysville, PA roamed the halls of his school stabbing fellow students. On that same day, community leaders in Marshalltown, IA gathered in the Marshalltown High School gym as students presented what they had learned from new violence prevention trainings. Marshalltown is part of the Safe Schools, Healthy Students Initiative sponsored by the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Education and Justice. Marshalltown is also a Not In Our Town community and for the past two years has been...
April 16, 2014 - 2:34pm
As a school district administrator, Matt Tullis has played an important role in linking his school district to the Marshalltown Not In Our Town community effort to address bullying and intolerance. With his leadership, the school district has taken a strong stand, sponsoring Not In Our School schoolwide activities like Friday Night Lights and classroom activities. In 2013, Matt was sent as an emissary from Marshalltown to Hungary as that country began to set up their efforts. Marshalltown will be present in force with a contingent at the Not In Our Town National Leadership Gathering where...

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