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SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — The Department of Defense Education Activity announced Monday a partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services to bring further anti-bullying support to Defense Department schools worldwide.

DODEA will launch the HHS’ “Stop Bullying Now! Take a Stand. Lend a Hand” campaign this year to standardize anti-bullying efforts, according to a DODEA release. Students will receive handouts and other materials, watch videos, and use websites to learn about the issue, the release said.

The campaign comes on the heels of several high-profile suicides in the States of children who were bullied.

“DODEA is firmly committed to providing all students with a safe and supportive learning environment,” said Marilee Fitzgerald, acting director of DODEA. “As we begin the new school year, we are joining forces with the Department of HHS and the U.S. Department of Education to make bullying prevention a top priority.”

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