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Children's Author Offers Anti-Bullying Tools To Croton Students

Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School in Croton-on-Hudson welcomed award-winning author Trudy Ludwig to speak about her books and about bullying.
Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School in Croton-on-Hudson welcomed award-winning author Trudy Ludwig to speak about her books and about bullying. Photo Credit: Photos Courtesy of the Croton-Harmon Schools

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School welcomed children's author Trudy Ludwig to discuss bullying.

After Ludwig learned her own daughter was being bullied, she published her first book, “My Secret Bully,” which addresses how social interactions can turn bad, even at the elementary school level.

Ludwig visited Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School first-, second-, third- and fourth-graders on March 19, discussing bullying openly with students.

Her visit took place during Parents as Reading Partners Month at the school. The award-winning author introduced the idea of a bystander vs. an upstander, tattling vs. reporting and even invited students to say mean things to her as she introduced tools for fighting bullying.

Ludwig demonstrated ideas such as telling bullies to stop, changing the subject, walking away and even using humor in a harmless way to respond to mean comments. “You can break the cycle of being mean,” she said.

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