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‘Bully Proof’ events aim to educate

Published 11:51pm Friday, October 18, 2013

Bullying and teen suicide are real issues, even in Pike County.

That’s why the East Central Children’s Health Collaborative has partnered with Troy City Schools, Pike County Schools and Troy University to offer “Bully Proof” community events in connection with Bullying Awareness Month.

“We need education for the community,” said Charlotte Watkins, Children’s Program Coordinator for East Central Mental Health. “We talked to administrators and decided we would all go in together to make this happen.”

A special town hall meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday in Hawkins Hall Room 122 where community leaders, mental health experts and school officials will discuss the issues of bullying, cyber bullying and teen suicide. The presenters will take questions from community members and receive their input and feedback for use in developing solutions that can be implemented in Pike County.

“Right now, bullying is such a hot topic because it is easy access for those who are doing it and there aren’t many repercussions, either,” Watkins explained. “Parents need to be aware of the facts, the signs and what they can do.”

Watkins also said she hoped the event provides encouragement to children being bullied and perhaps even lets bullies know how much they affect other people. Following the session, a candlelight vigil will be held to memorialize those who have taken their own lives due to bullying.

On Saturday, Oct. 26, a 5K run/walk is planned. The event will help raise money to support Troy City and Pike County Schools purchase a bullying and cyber bullying curriculum. Interested participants may register online at


  • Harry

    This is a real issue that needs addressing badly . Too many parents are failing in their duties as parents . Know what your child is doing and take the correct action.We are seeing this almost daily in the news and to me it is extremely sad to hear of a young person taking their own life due to bullying .

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  • Heisenberg

    What time does the 5K begin?

    Also, does anyone know what time the Peanut Butter 5K begins?

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  • Observer

    Any partnership with the school systems should begin with an in-service addressing bullying on the part of adults. The worst offenders are coaches and administrators. Berating, humiliating, name-calling, intimidation, verbal and emotional abuse are not legitimate educational or coaching tools – but are easy when pressured by a win-at-all-costs attitude from above.

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