A community forum is set from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Philip Barbour High School Auditorium.
The public forum, being hosted in partnership between Barbour County Schools and World Vision, will focus on the devastating effects that bullying has on children, families and communities. Kirk Smalley, executive director of Stand for the Silent, a program which addresses bullying issues, will lead the discussion.
Bullying is a generational epidemic that knows no boundaries. It is worldwide and the statistics are staggering. According to the American Justice Department, one out of every four children is a victim of bullying and at least two children are bullied every seven minutes.
Smalley's son, Ty, committed suicide in May 2010 after many years of being bullied in middle school. Smalley will share his story with students at Philip Barbour High School and all area middle schools on Monday and Tuesday.
More information is available by calling Shelby Dettinger or Jennifer Morral of World Vision at 304-457-5270 or emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org.