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Boston students collaborate on bullying issues

It’s 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, and Avery Coke is not happy. The seventh-grader would much rather be home in bed than participating in a bullying prevention and intervention program.

It’s the middle-schooler’s first day there and he sits alone in the back of a classroom at the Counseling and Intervention Center in Roslindale, his head resting in his hands. He grimaces as the group - including bullies, those who have been bullied, and bystanders - discusses how to be assertive if someone is picking on you.

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