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Community joins in anti-bullying rally Oct. 11

October is National Anti-Bullying Month


Nearly 160,000 children miss school each day for fear of being bullied, and about 282,000 students are physically attacked in secondary schools each month. The growth of technology and social media has made it even easier for children to bully. Fifty percent of adolescents and teens have been bullied online and about 25 percent of those children have been bullied repeatedly through their cellphones or the Internet. More than half of young people do not tell their parents when bullying happens.
October 09, 2012
CUMMING, Ga. — On Oct. 11, Children Without A Voice and Ambassadors 4 Kids will host a community-wide anti-bullying event at Liberty Middle School, 7465 Wallace Tatum Road in Cumming.

This month is National Anti-Bullying Month.

The Thursday event takes place from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and features celebrities, local community leaders, parents and students who will join together for dinner, refreshments and to raise awareness about bullying in schools and communities.

The event's goal is to also teach ways to prevent the harmful behavior that affects 50 percent of children.

At the event, parents will participate in an anti-bullying workshop, designed to give advice and insight into the growing problem that children face every day with bullying. While kids in sixth grade and up will view a private screening of "The Fat Boy Chronicles."

The movie was written by an Alpharetta teacher and tells the painful yet heartwarming story of an overweight and bullied ninth-grader.

The book and movie have received praise from students, parents and educators for their realistic, yet hopeful, depiction of life in today's thin-obsessed society.

Reservations are required. Call 404-474-4020.

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