Martirano vows to 'eradicate' bullying from Howard schools

Martirano vows to 'eradicate' bullying from Howard schools

Interim Superintendent Michael Martirano looked uncharacteristically somber as he stood at the podium Thursday morning in Atholton High School, ready to unveil the school system’s latest anti-bullying efforts.

“I’m pretty much going to talk from my heart today,” Martirano said as he opened the news conference. He went on to speak about the bullying and harassment he’s seen and heard about throughout the community, as well as experienced himself.

Martirano said he has become extremely concerned and agitated by the “lack of civility” between people, especially in the age of social media.

“For us to say that [bullying] is nonexistent is, quite frankly, irresponsible on...