Special to The Sun
OKLA. CITY —
To someone who has suffered at the hands of a bully, the statistics make perfect sense.
• Bullying victims are up to nine times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims, according to studies by Yale University.
• The National Association of School Psychologists has called bullying “the most common form of violence in society.”
• In Oklahoma alone during the 2010-11 school year, there were more than 60,500 reported cases of bullying and fighting, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Education.
October is National Bullying Prevention Month and Jeffery Corbett, president of Oklahoma PTA, along with the Oklahoma City Anti-Bullying Collaboration, is announcing the first Bullying Town Hall, an awareness and prevention meeting, scheduled from 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Southern Oaks Library, 6900 S. Walker Ave., Oklahoma City.
The Oklahoma City Anti-Bullying Collaboration is facilitated by Oklahoma PTA and includes partners from the Oklahoma State Department of Education, Oklahoma City Public Schools and other area mental health and nonprofit agencies. PTA membership is not required and the public is invited to attend.
The purpose of this town hall meeting is to introduce the Anti-Bullying Collaboration to the Oklahoma City community, review a summary of the School Safety and Bullying Prevention Act, introduce Oklahoma City Public Schools administration who will describe district policy and procedures related to bullying issues and the TIPS bullying reporting system and allow time for questions and answers from local bullying prevention experts.
Topics will include bullying prevention and state legislation concerning bullying, local intervention programs, school-based initiatives, bullying prevention and intervention, working in the community to prevent bullying and how to support the children involved.
Oklahoma PTA is the state’s oldest and largest child advocacy association whose mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children. There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration for the conference is requested. To register for this event or for more information, visit okpta.org.