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November 15, 2013

Norman launches new effort against bullying

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“We gained valuable insight from the listening session,” Humphrey said. “It enlightened us to the fact that bullying is much more than a school issue; it is a community issue.”

A common theme from the listening session was that bullying involves more than just victim and perpetrator; it also typically involves silent bystanders whose non-actions enable the bully. Another identified concern was social media allowing bullies powerful anonymity. Ethic, cultural and religious differences are frequent targets of bullies, as are individuals with special needs. Unfortunately, because of the very nature of bullying, many victims do not reach out for help, fearing retribution and rejection.

“Building on our meetings and last year’s community forum, we believe this event with Wes Moore will have a very positive impact, jump-starting Norman to move forward as a community that is ‘Above Bullying’ that wishes to address the multi-layered challenges it presents to all of us,” Siano said.

“We are absolutely thrilled that Wes is joining us for the evening of December 3,” Humphrey said. “He is not only a youth advocate but an individual who has a clear understanding of the challenges we all face with bullying and its impact throughout our communities.”

In addition to hearing from Moore, the event will provide a panel of community leaders to respond to questions about bullying. The evening will be geared to students and adults of all ages. Event sponsors include the City of Norman, Journey Church, Norman Regional Hospital and Norman Public Schools.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

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