Anti-bullying forum hoping to bring communities together in support

6:46 PM, Aug 29, 2012   |    comments
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WESTBROOK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- As students head back to school, they're slowing getting back into the routine of classes and homework, but there's one routine officials in Cumberland County would like to put a stop to before it can start up: bullying.

Ray Richardson, from WLOB Radio and WPME TV, is teaming up with key members of the community, including the Cumberland County Assistant District Attorney and the Westbrook Community Center Director, to host a forum on bullying.

Scheduled for Thursday night at 6:30, the forum is open to anyone interested in talking more about how to prevent and put a stop to bullying.

Back in May, junior, Victoria Pabst, went public with a letter, sharing her experience with bullying at Westbrook High School and her frustration with a lack of administrative help.

This forum comes on the heels of that, hoping to address new ways of helping students cope with attacks, and how to prevent them in the first place.

Richardson says a lot of that help needs to come from peers.

He's hoping to inspire young school leaders to step up and offer support for those being bullied and make their schools a better place to co-exist.

He also hopes this forum will help more people open up about their bullying -- because oftentimes, ignoring the problem only makes it worse.

Richardson says he hopes these open forums can move around and be held at different parts of the state, since bullying happens everywhere.  The goal is to share experiences and advice, so students and parents can tackle the issue together.
























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