Cooley Law School and Oakland University Host Statewide Summit on Bullying

Bullying SummitDr. Gwendolyn Thompson McMillon, professor, Oakland University; Monica Nuckolls, professor, Cooley Law School; Kevin Epling, Matt's father; and the Hon. M.T. Thompson, Jr., district court judge, together after the summit.

June 21, 2013 – On Friday, June 7, Thomas M. Cooley Law School and Oakland University hosted the “Working Together to Stop School Violence: A Statewide Summit on Bullying” at Cooley’s Auburn Hills campus. The seminar focused on what can be done and must be done to stop bullying and harassment in schools under “Matt’s Safe School Law,” which was signed into law by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder in Dec. 2011. “Matt’s Safe School Law” is named after Matt Epling, a freshman from East Lansing, Mich., who killed himself in 2002 after being bullied by upperclassman.

The summit also featured discussions with Kevin Epling, Matt’s father, along with authors of The Weekly Bully Beat Down. Presenters included Hon. M.T. Thompson, Jr., district court judge, Saginaw County; Monica Nuckolls, professor, Cooley Law School; and Dr. Gwendolyn Thompson McMillon, professor, Oakland University.


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Highlights

The Summit focused on what can be done to stop bullying and harassment in schools.

“Matt’s Safe School Law” is named after Matt Epling, a freshman from East Lansing, Mich., who killed himself in 2002 after being bullied by upperclassman.

Signed into law by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder in Dec. 2011


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