By Darlene Webber, Managing Librarian, Mill Creek Library.
Did you know Washington state has the fifth highest level of reported bullying in the country? Bullying is not just a problem for children in schools or on the sports field. It is also a problem that affects their parents and adults in the workplace, where 35 to 50% of employees report experiencing bullying.
How does it start and how do we stop it? Sno-Isle Libraries presents three powerful community Issues That Matter forums during September on the effects of bullying on the lives of so many.
Students, families, educators, employers and anyone interested in this topic are invited to come and hear local law enforcement, education professionals, mental health specialists, and other experts examine and discuss ways to address this damaging issue.
Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions at these three discussion forums, which are free and open to the public.
I hope we’ll see you there; I also invite you to forward this email to others who might be interested in this topic.
These panel discussions will provide up-to-date research and real-world information on bullying, how it starts, and what really works to stop it. The panels cover a wide range of viewpoints, and include representatives ranging from law enforcement to higher education to athletics. Click here for a list of scheduled panelists.
Issues That Matter is funded by the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation and produced by Sno-Isle Libraries. The library district and Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation are neutral on all Issues That Matter topics. These moderated panel discussions are intended to help the audience come to their own conclusions about the topics we cover.
The event will be at Henry M. Jackson High School Annex, Mill Creek on Thursday, September 19th from 7:00-8:30 p.m.
If you can’t make it to that one, we’re also holding two more panels on BULLYING this month:
- Thursday, September 12 (Lake Stevens High School Performing Arts Center)
- Thursday, September 26 (Coupeville High School Performing Arts Center)
The event time for all dates is 7:00-8:30. All of the events are free and open to the public.