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Thu July 12, 2012
Lexington Fairness To Take A Leading Role In Bullying Prevention
LEXINGTON, Ky. - As one Central Kentucky community struggles with fairness issues, an effort is underway in Lexington to equip school staff, youth groups, and others with more resources to help prevent bullying in schools.
Suicides among youth have put a spotlight on the problem for the past several years.
"... unless people really realize what's happening to kids, they're not going to stop..." says student Zoe Chin in a video produced by Lexington Fairness, an organization that’s teaming up with the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network to train a group of 30 community volunteers to provide school leaders, teachers, youth, and community organizations with bullying prevention training. Lexington Fairness chair Craig Cammack says the first order of business is to bring trainees up to date.
"It's a lot different from what most adults remember when they were back in school," Cammack says.
Social media, he says, has created new avenues for bullies.
"Bullying is much more vitriolic and person... almost attacking. It's also easier to do now."
Cammack says Kentucky has lost three kids to suicide caused by bullying since last October – a sign of how pressing the issue remains in schools. Those interested in taking part in the volunteer training can apply online at lexfair.org through Friday.