By Jackie Burrell
Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 at 5:09 pm in Kids & Tweens.
Mean girl syndrome starts early, says Times reporter Theresa Harrington. Teachers and parents are starting to spot the signature jealousy, cattiness and vicious back-stabbing as early as fifth grade. Now, El Monte Elementary principal Christina Boman (pictured, above) and fifth grade teacher Linn Kissinger are doing something about it. They launched a lunchtime Girls Club at the Concord school so tweens could express concerns, share insights and strengthen their friendships – and the program has been so successful, a male teacher launched a Boys Club too. Join Boman and Kissinger online Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. (PST) for a round-table chat about the Girls Club and the issues facing tween girls.