Cellular, Ala. (WALA)– An ongoing anti-bullying program has re-launched for the start of the varsity 12 months, an nameless texting system the place college students of all ages can report bullying.
This system is named “Bully Blocker.” College students can textual content “bullyblocker” to 444-999 in the event that they or somebody they know is being bullied.
The messages are then despatched to the Youth and Household Providers of Cellular County’s District Legal professional’s workplace. From there, the division will assist resolve the bullying.
Cellular County’s District Legal professional, Ashley Wealthy, stated stopping bullying whereas in class might hold criminals off the streets later.
“Statistics are very clear that if somebody is regularly allowed to be a bully over and over, then they’re eight instances extra more likely to be a legal defendant of their future,” stated Wealthy.
She stated bullying has not stopped due to digital college or staying at dwelling extra. If something, children have discovered their approach by way of their screens.
“It is all as a result of younger folks imagine phrases do not damage if they’re behind a telephone or a pc, and that is simply not true,” she stated.
One grandparent in Cellular stated stopping bullying earlier than it will get out of hand is an effective life talent children have to be taught.
“To allow them to discover ways to make peace as a result of it is gonna occur as they get older too, in numerous methods,” stated Cindy McCarson.
Her grandson stated he is aware of what to do if this ever occurs to him or a buddy.
“If they do not cease, I might ask a instructor or a grownup,” he stated.
This program is extra than simply about stopping a bully now. It is about discovering the supply and stopping it sooner or later.
“We do not shun the bully, and they do not get legal costs placed on them,” stated Wealthy. “We attempt to clear up the issue as to why the bully is participating in that conduct within the first place.”
Wealthy stated not solely has “Bully Blocker” stopped bullying, it is also prevented many children from committing suicide. This program has been life-saving for some, and she or he hopes it continues to serve the group effectively.
As soon as once more, the quantity is 444-999. Textual content “bullyblocker”.