Bibb Parents Schooled On Bullying and Gang Violence | Education
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According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in five high school students say's he or she's been bullied on school property.
Monday night, some Bibb County parents got a crash course on how to recognize the problem and prevent their child from becoming a victim.
Valerie Johnson was one of them. She said bullying hits close to home-- her son, now in 11th grade, was bullied in the 5th grade. She said she stopped the problem early by knowing the signs and stepping in to help.
"We talked not only with him, but his teacher, his counselor, and his principal at the time, and we pretty much put together what was going on," said Fluellen.
The campus police department put on the event. There will be five more throughout December at five other high schools.
"We want to partner with our parents to keep them informed, so they can be in tune to things that they may come across at home to tip them off that their child may be having a problem in one of those two areas or they may be a victim in one of those two areas," said Chief of Campus police Russell Bentley.
Bentley says aggressive behavior, unexplained bruises, and a sudden desire to wear a certain color of clothing can all be indicators of a gang problem. And signs like changing routes to and from school, odd behavior, and depression could mean a child is being bullied.
Courtney Bibb, a campus police officer, says parents should act calm, talk with their child, and never promise a child you will keep the incident a secret.
She says ignoring the problem can lead to even bigger issues.
"We have the biggest problem of suicide because of bullying," she said. "We call it 'bully-cide.' it gets so bad and so traumatic they want to kill themselves."
Officers say bus stops and the internet are bullying hotspots.
The dates and locations for the rest of the bullying and gang sessions are as follows:
Monday, December 3, at 7 p.m. at Central High School, 2155 Napier Avenue
Tuesday, December 4, at 7 p.m. at Howard High School, 6400 Forsyth Road
Thursday, December 6, at 7 p.m. at Westside High School, 2851 Heath Road
Tuesday, December 11, at 7 p.m. at Southwest High School, 1775 Williamson Road
Thursday, December 13, at 7 p.m. at Rutland High School, 6250 Skipper Road.