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Cover Story - June 14, 2013

How often does bullying happen in Palo Alto?

Tracking an elusive number

by Terri Lobdell

"If someone says bullying is not a problem in Palo Alto, I'd say: You need to look again," said Juliet Melamid, a marriage and family therapist and former director of FriendSmarts, a psycho-social treatment program for school-age children and teens located in Palo Alto. In the 12 years she ran the program, before moving to New York a year ago, Melamid saw an average of 60 children per week from Palo Alto and nearby communities in social-skills groups that ran for 12-week sessions.

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