Feds Investigate Bullying At Anoka-Hennepin

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Federal investigators are looking into complaints of harassment and bullying in the Anoka-Hennepin School District.

A spokeswoman with the Department of Justice says it’s conducting a joint investigation with the Department of Education. The investigation has been going on since last fall.

The Anoka-Hennepin district says it received a letter in November about the investigation. Since then, the district has cooperated with investigators, providing documents and interviews.

District spokesman Brett Johnson says the district and investigators have the same goal: to keep kids safe.

In October, the district changed its anti-bullying and anti-harassment policies after six students committed suicide over a year and a half. The district’s own investigation found no evidence that bullying contributed to the deaths. But some family members and advocates disagreed.

The school district is the state’s largest.

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  • Joe the Free Man

    Whatever Federal department is conducting this investigation should be eliminated.

    It is too much government

  • See BS

    Public Schools = Gestapo (Union thugs spying in kids)

  • chimps

    2 comments both by fools, glad you condone bullying, well when that kid bullied shoots 5 kids at school hopefully its your child shot.

    • Roxanne Green

      thats what i was thinking

  • See BS

    “Hey Zippy! Let’s go smoke a bowl under the bridge at lunchtime :::Puff Puff Cough Cough:::: You ever get the feeling someone is spying on us?? :::Cough Cough:::”

  • Roxanne Green

    Its not spying, that just goes to show, maybe u was the bully, are the kid who picked on others and made fun of them

    • See BS

      And why does WCCO have a little elementary school girl in a locker and the Story is about a highschool? Older Boys don’t put cute little girls in lockers, and that never happened at Anoka-Hennepin schools.

      Talk about corny!

  • lm

    Little girl in the locker!! My 7 yr old was bullied this past year in FIRST GRADE. She was threatened twice by another first grader, said he would cut ther throat and the next time he said he would bring a gun to school and shoot her!!! This is our world now. District 11 has had a problem for a long time and something needs to be done to protect these kids. Gestapo, I don’t think so.

  • jebus

    The harassment teachers observe is only the tip of the iceberg and considerably more harassment goes unreported. School districts need to be proactive by addressing harassment systemically instead of on a case-by-case basis which is both inefficient and ineffective. Anoka-Hennepin currently has a policy in place that does not appear to be very effective. If the staff who are supposed to carry out the policy can’t figure it out, the chances of success are pretty slim.

  • See BS

    Online Public Homeschooling for good students will cure a lot of problems in public schools, but that is a threat to Unions and lawsuit abuse.

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