Susie Reece, CHI St. Vincent’s Violence Prevention Specialist, was excited to be the guest speaker at the second annual anti-bullying program at Hot Springs Intermediate School on Wednesday, October 19 for a national Unity Day campaign.
National Unity Day is meant to unite communities across the country, to educate and raise awareness about bullying prevention.
Reece used personal examples of how she has been bullied throughout her life to give the students real-life scenarios they could identify with. And, when she asked the crowd how many had experienced bullying, almost all of them raised their hands. Reece then discussed the long term effects bullying has on students, including suicide and mental health issues to educate about the severity of the issue.
The Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights National Bullying Prevention Center founded National Bullying Prevention and Awareness Week in 2006 but expanded it to a full month in 2010. Hot Springs Intermediate School started the first program for anti-bullying a year ago.
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