Youth Summit highlights consequences of bullying
It’s a hot-button social issue students across the country can face on a daily basis- bullying.
Georgia College Early College students got to see the real-life impact and consequences of bullying during the first Youth Summit called “Be a Buddy, Not a Bully.”
“It is a national problem,” said Principal Dr. Runee Sallad. “Our parents committee and I thought this would be a great method to inform students and teach them how to respond to it.”
The nearly 200 seventh through 12th-graders learned the problems associated with bullying, discussed state laws and various forms of bullying.
“By informing them of the how to spot bullying and the consequences, we hope students will feel obligated to report issues they see,” said Sallad.
The sessions focused on the bystanders, the people who are aware of bullying or harassment, but do not want to get involved.
“This is a good topic for people of all ages to learn about,” said ninth-grader Christopher Johnson. “It’s beneficial for students and parents to learn the signs of bullying and how to deal with it if someone you know is a victim.”
Oconee RESA and the parents committee each made a presentation for students.
“I learned you should always tell someone if you think a friend is being bullied,” said Johnson. “You could save a life.”
The Youth Summit was so successful Sallad said she plans to make it an annual event to address different problems students may face.