Ohio district where 4 died says it fights bullying

MENTOR, OH (AP) - The superintendent of an Ohio school district where four bullied students died by their own hands says the district is working vigorously to fight bullying.

Mentor Schools' chief Jacqueline Hoynes says in a statement posted on the district's website over the weekend that the strategy includes having elementary school students pledge to stand up to bullies and report them to adults.

News of the statement was first reported by The News-Herald newspaper.

The Associated Press reported in detail Friday about the deaths of four Mentor High School students between 2006 and 2008. Three were suicides, one an overdose of antidepressants. All four students had been bullied. The district would not comment for the story.

An attorney for two of the families tells NBC's "Today" show the district had seemed to take a hands-off approach to bullying.

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