Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Taking a Stand Against Bullying in Mississippi

The Desoto Times Tribune, MS, reports that "Bullying is Wrong" was the theme recently at the area's first anti-bullying rally at Horn Lake Middle School. Troop 10475 organized the day, promoting the message that bullying causes emotional and sometimes physical scars.

"We hope to learn and teach others that bullying is wrong and how hurtful it is," Girl Scout Volunteer Kelly Roberts said. "We just watched a video about cyberbullying. With Facebook and other types of social media, there is a chance that bullying will take place."

The rally was also attended by Horn Lake Fire and Police Departments and was held in conjunction with Girl Scouts recruiting efforts. Outside of the rally, a Facebook Page about bullying and suicide prevention has been set up, already drawing more than 1,061 people.

Last year, Girl Scout Dominique Napolitano testified at a Congressional Hearing on cyberbullying, alongside Dr. Phil and Others. In testimony to the U.S. House Healthy Families and Communities Subcommittee, Napolitano, 15, from Long Island, New York, discussed cyberbulling from a teenager’s perspective.

How does your community take action against bullying?