Students who have been targeted by bullies will be among the speakers at a Connecticut conference on identifying and preventing the abusive behavior.

Teachers, parents, counselors, legislators and others are expected among the guests at the 2011 Anti-Bullying Leadership Conference at the State Capitol.

It’s sponsored by several state commissions and agencies focused on fighting discrimination and protecting the rights of children and people with disabilities. The session will include updates on recent changes to Connecticut’s anti-bullying laws.

A 2009 state report found that one of every four Connecticut high school students had been bullied or harassed on school property in the previous year. Among freshmen, the number was one in three.

The students said they were often targeted for their appearance or their perceived sexual orientation.


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