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Bullying in Louisiana (2012)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: New Roads, Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2012-08-22

Duration: 00:58:00

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Education | Bullying | Cyberbullying


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Pauley, Len Interviewee
  • Ward, Rick Interviewee
  • Rutledge, Domoine Interviewee
  • Pauley, Len Panelist
  • Domingue, Angela Lee Panelist
  • Ward, Rick Panelist
  • Banguet, Daniel Panelist
  • Hoppe, Donald Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from August 22, 2012, features Beth Courtney and Shauna Sanford leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on bullying in Louisiana. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: Len Pauley, the father of a daughter who committed suicide after experiencing bullying at school; Dr. Angela Lee Domingue, the principal at Belaire High School in Baton Rouge; State Senator Rick Ward; Daniel Banguet, anti-bullying advocate; and Dr. Donald Hoppe, a clinical psychologist. They discuss: the importance of working with bullying victims and the bullies; the provisions of the Tesa Middlebrook Anti-Bullying Act; school transfers for bullying victims; the need for bullying intervention programs; the problem of teachers not addressing bullying that was reported to them; teaching kids tolerance and respect; cyberbullying; allowing students to anonymously report bullying; and the importance of breaking the cycle of bullying. This episode was recorded in New Roads, Louisiana.