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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Students, researchers, educators and government leaders are gathering at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford to discuss ways of addressing cyberbullying and bullying in schools.

The Connecticut Commission on Children scheduled a forum for Thursday.

Commission Director Elaine Zimmerman said she hopes the participants can obtain information about the steps they can take to create a positive school climate and how they can comply with Connecticut’s 2011 anti-bullying law.

That law requires all school employees, teaching candidates and beginning teachers to receive annual training on how to prevent and respond to student bullying. School employees must report acts of student bullying to school officials and schools must investigate them promptly.

Part of Thursday’s forum includes a panel discussion of youth, parents and educators who’ve dealt with different kinds of bullying.

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