An anti-bullying program presented by author and victim Ray Amanat will return to Lexington later this month. Click to hear KMZU’s Kristie Cross talk to Superintendent Brad MacLaughlin:
One goal of the program is to prompt a conversation between adults and children. “It’s built for multiple audiences including our parents, students, and staff,” said MacLaughlin,” It will help each group to identify and respond to bullying behaviors in our schools.”
According to the school official, the program has been well received in years past. “It creates awareness,” said MacLaughlin,” As adults, we have the experience to deal with people who exhibit these behaviors, but our kids don’t. They simply don’t have the tools to process and react in a good way. We are trying to give them those social skills so they can respond in a manner that’s appropriate and not violent.”
The free community event is scheduled for Monday, February 25 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Middle School. A free dinner and childcare will be provided to those in attendance. The following day, Amanat will make presentations to all students in the district.