York mayor hosts bullying forum to raise awareness

YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – York Mayor Kim Bracey held a bullying meeting on Tuesday evening at Lincoln Charter School. It is part of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Mayors Campaign To End Bullying.

Students and their parents, along with school staff members watched the documentary “Bully.”  The short film shares the harsh realities of children being bullied in schools across the country.

Master Sergeant Renitta Franklin watched the movie with her son Honor, who is 6. Franklin says it was powerful.

“It touched me because I am a mom,” said Franklin, “You want to do everything, to protect your child.”

Leonard Hart is the principal at Lincoln Charter School. He says no school is immune to the problem, but it’s something that you address head-on.

“You want to chat with everyone involved,” said Hart. “Get them to understand, that this is a very serious situation that will not be tolerated in our school.”

Hart says that it is critical that parents communicate with their children, and let them know that if they are being bullied, that they can tell him. Hart says that children must feel comfortable and trust that the problem will be resolved if they come forward.

 

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