Bullyfree Basics, a Wisconsin program for elementary-school students, is used in 34 districts statewide to help students better handle bullies so they can focus on learning. "If there's fear that they could be hurt or have things said about them, that preoccupies their thoughts all the time they're in school," said Jon Hisgen, a state health and physical-education consultant. "The ability of the brain to take in and analyze information is shot."

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