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Eighth-Grade Essay Contest Focuses on Preventing Cyber Bullying

HELENA – What Montana does in future years to prevent kids bullying one another in cyber space may be influenced by ideas eighth-grade students put forward in an essay contest jointly sponsored by the Montana Police Protective Association and the Montana Department of Justice.

“This generation of students has grown up with Facebook and cell phones, so I’m really looking forward to seeing what Montana’s eighth-graders have to say about what we can do to prevent cyber bullying,” Attorney General Steve Bullock said. “Based on the statistics, we know there are a lot of kids out there who have been on the receiving end of a cyber bullying attack. If they have good ideas on how to curb this mean-spirited, aggressive behavior, we want to hear what they think could make a difference.”

According to Montana Police Protective Association president Tony McDonnell, prizes will be awarded to approximately 70 students. In addition to a grand prize of $1,000, students in each of four regions are awarded first ($300), second ($200) and third-place (100) prizes, as well as $50 runner-up awards to another 60 students.

“For 14 years, the Montana Police Protective Association has invited 8th grade students to think and be creative in writing essays about topics of importance to them and their communities,” McDonnell said. “We provide a forum for students to provide answers to community problems and provide a cash incentive to the winners. The M.P.P.A. will provide over $6,000 to 8th grade students from across our great state.”

Essays are limited to 500 words. Entries must be postmarked no later than March 31 and mailed to:

MPPA MTDOJ Essay Contest
P.O. Box 7
Butte, MT 59703-0007

They must also be accompanied by a signed entry form available through the school or on the Department of Justice website.

The essay contest, now in its 14th year, is open to all eighth-grade students in Montana. Winners will be notified through their schools by May.

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