The recent Stop Bullying Now presentation sponsored by
B.O.L.D. Parents at their monthly meeting held at Eugene Butler
Middle in the Duval County Public School system provided the opportunity
to share information to empower and engage students and parents on the
serious subjects of Bullying, Cyberbullying, Sexting and laws associated
with the issue of harassment and threatening actions by students and parents.
To increase the discussion on how to prevent Bullying through discussion, parent/
teacher / administrative collaboration and through mutual respect. To provide
students a chance to share their experiences and receive guidance that empowers
them and builds self-esteem.
The B.O.L.D. Parent Meetings are designed to provide a supportive platform
for parents and students to address student and parental concerns in the
school environment. To help the collaboration of the Parent Teacher
Association that is school based and administration in preventing challenges
like Bullying/Cyberbullying and Sexting. Too many times students are
not allowed to share their experiences and feel left out about situations that
directly affect and influence their needs. B.O.L.D. meetings allow open and
honest dialogue for parents and their children.
Present were parents and students that had concerns about defining bullying,
school policies, involvement of law enforcement, Cyberbullying, Sexting and
snitching as it relates to personal safety. Facilitated by RAISE Florida Network,
War on Poverty, My Quest To Teach (William Jackson), New Town Success
Zone (Dr. Irvin Pedro Cohen).
Mrs. Jewel Flornoy, of War On Poverty set the tone of the evening by introducing
Dr. Cohen with the New Town Success Zone and their mentoring and tutoring
services to challenged students, the efforts to coordinate community partnerships
with law enforcement and education. William Jackson with My Quest To Teach
“I Will Survive Bullying,” a prevention and raising self-esteem presentation
that requires active engagement and involvement by students and parents.
Some of the areas addressed were:
1. Parents and students will understand the definition of bullying according
to the Student Code of Conduct. 2. Parents and students will understand
Social Media Bullying, Sexting and Cyberbullying. 3. Parents and students
will learn how to file complaints if they are exposed to bullying and the elements
of these behaviors. 4. The importance of establishing self-esteem, pride and
determination to be successful. 5. Building self-esteem in boys and girls.
In attendance was Karen Landry, RAISE Florida Network Executive Director and
Ms. Huggins, BOLD Director Eugene Butler Leadership Schools
The War on Poverty-Florida strives to build healthy communities through
community organizing and engagement, coalition development, capacity building,
and advocacy, by increasing access and enhancing economic development.