School forum to help tackle bullying

Published 9:19 pm Friday, April 8, 2011

Parents, students, staff and community members will be able to ask a panel of experts any questions they have about bullying this month.

An Anti-Bullying Forum will be held April 26 from 7 to 8 p.m. at several Suffolk schools.

Hosted by the Suffolk Substance Abuse and Youth Council, Suffolk Parks and Recreation and Suffolk Public Schools, the forum will use video conferencing to reach audiences at Booker T. Washington, Northern Shores, Oakland and Robertson elementary schools and King’s Fork, Lakeland and Nansemond River high schools.

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The panel will cover a variety of topics, including warning signs of bullying, how to prevent it and how to stop it.

“It’s an important topic for parents to learn about,” said Oakland principal Christopher Phillips. “Bullying can happen in every grade.”

The program will feature a question-and-answer forum featuring a panel comprised of representatives from the Suffolk Police Department, Suffolk Public Schools, the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, Suffolk Youth Advisory Council and Western Tidewater Community Services Board.

Different locations were chosen throughout Suffolk so people would be able to attend at a location near where they live, Phillips said.

He said he thinks Oakland was chosen because it is close to a lot of communities.

The forum is an informational session to teach everybody strategies to handle bullying, Phillips.

Pre-registration is recommended but not required to attend. To pre-register by April 15 or for more information, contact Candace Myrick at 757-925-6759 or