On Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at 6:15 p.m., DeSales University will host Take a Stand, A Bullying Prevention Event, in the DeSales University Center on the school’s Center Valley, Pa., campus. The event is free and open to the public.
According to the National Education Association, 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students. Statistics also show that 1 in 7 students in Grades K-12 is either a bully or a victim of bullying. Bullying is linked to psychological effects including anxiety, depression, paranoia, stress, loss of confidence, loss of self-esteem, withdrawal, breakdown and even suicide.
Kirk Smalley, a nationally known speaker from Oklahoma and founder of the non-profit organization Stand for the Silent. In the recent documentary Bully, Smalley shared his family's experience with bullying. At eleven years old, Smalley's son Tyler took his own life after being suspended from school for retaliating against a bully that had been bullying him for more than two years.
Smalley's message offers education and tools to help prevent this type of tragedy from happening to another child and family. His mission is to continue to change kids' lives and bring awareness to bullying and the real devastation it causes.
Families are encouraged to attend and the program is appropriate for students in grades 4 and older. Educators and others who work with children and youth are also encouraged to attend.
The event is presented by Kids of Character and Stand for the Silent. The evening is sponsored by Kidsville News - Lehigh County's Fun, Family Newspaper and Educational Resource, Air Products, Capital Blue Cross CHIP Program, The Center for Humanistic Change, and Green Hills Family Health Care.
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