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Public Invited to Free Bullying Prevention Event in Clearwater

Goal of "Connect for Respect" is to raise awareness about bullying and look for ways to prevent it.

Organizers hope a free event at the Clearwater campus of St. Petersburg College Friday will help educate people about the dangers of bullying and how it can be stopped.

Connect for Respect will be held Oct. 7. The campaign is part of an initiative launched by the National Parent Teacher Association this year. The organization is encouraging PTAs across the country to host events in their communities to help raise awareness about bullying.

People who attend the event will learn about bullying and its effect on communities as well as strategies that can be implemented to help prevent it.

"It’s important to educate the community because parents and community members play a pivotal role in stopping bullying where children and youth gather," said  Bonnie Choate, who serves as the Joseph L. Carwise Middle School PTSA President and Co-Chair of Connect for Respect (PCCPTA.) in Palm Harbor.

"Places like playgrounds, classrooms, online, texting and even social networking are all areas in which we need to increase awareness and encourage bullying prevention policies to be implemented."

Claims of bullying at  have made headlines recently. Former student, 14 year-old Kenny Stoltman claims he was the victim of bullying, and he stabbed school resource  last April to scare the kids who'd been picking on him. This week, the former student  to stabbing Fridlund.

Carwise is taking a pro-active stance when it comes to bullying. The school has a page on its website dedicated to bullying prevention. Carwise also has several staff members trained in the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program 

Friday's free Connect for Respect event will be held at the   2465 Drew St , Clearwater (727) 791-2487.

Mike Weakley October 06, 2011 at 04:12 AM
October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. I have developed a bully prevention show for elementary schools. Highlights from the show can be seen here... http://youtu.be/2qAvD01RD9E http://www.StopBullyingShow.com
JuliannaSmith October 10, 2011 at 09:02 AM
I really hope the anti-bullying prevention will work out well, as it will somehow be a relief for students to look forward for a school year with out fear and worries. This will also make parent's be at ease and be assured that bullying will be handled appropriately. As a parent, the idea of my children being harmed or lost is not something anyone wants to consider. I found an article by anationofmoms about a service that can protect your family via your cell phone. And, at the bottom there is an opportunity to enter a drawing for 6 months of that service just by liking them on Facebook. You might find it interesting: http://anationofmoms.com/2011/08/protect-your-family-giveaway.html
Cigar City Ninja August 03, 2012 at 09:35 PM
It is estimated by the National Education Association that 160,000 kids miss school each day for fear of being Bullied, Embarrassed, or both. We cannot ignore this problem and hope it goes away. Get involved now! There is another great bully prevention program for kids. Check out this link: http://www.gradysmma.com/bully-awareness-program

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