Tom Letson, a NJ Licensed Professional Counselor is the Anti-Bullying Specialist at Middletown High School South in Middletown, New Jersey. He is the former Student Assistance Coordinator for the Howell Township School District where he implemented an annual Bully Prevention Program and Reporting System in three middle schools for more than a decade. Tom developed Bullystoppers.com in 2001 in response to the lack of available means for students to safely report bullying anonymously to adults at their schools. The reporting philosophy on Bullystoppers.com was a direct result from Tom’s professional successes in implementing an anonymous bully reporting system in Howell’s three middle schools. A participant in three international online school bullying and violence conferences , Tom was also a consultant to the award winning commercial “Collecting Rocks” which served to inform the Canadian public of the seriousness of bullying in Canada’s schools. Collecting Rocks depicts the tragic suicide of 14 year old Hamed Nastoh, who jumped to his death from a bridge committing suicide after years of torment from peers in school. To view this commercial click here. Tom is an advocate of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, which emphasizes a school-wide approach to Bullying Prevention. He is also an advocate of teaching students, when appropriate, avoidance strategies and psychological defense tactics and skills when confronted with bullying. The goal is to reduce the bully’s emotional pay-off and bolster the victim’s self-esteem.