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Patrick calls for a state antibullying day

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Governor Deval Patrick has designated Jan. 25 as “No Name Calling Day,’’ part of the state’s efforts to combat bullying in public schools. Students will be urged to sign a pledge against name-calling and are encouraged to wear black that day to symbolize their commitment to “Black Out Bullying.’’ Legislation signed by Patrick in 2010 included a provision for a ‘No Name Calling Day.’’ The law requires school districts to develop antibullying strategies. It was enacted after the high-profile case of Phoebe Prince, a 15-year-old Irish immigrant who hanged herself after South Hadley classmates taunted her when she dated a popular boy. (AP)

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