JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Bullying is a lot worse than getting shoved up against a locker in the hall these days and is even leading some kids to suicide. There's bullying at school and online. First Coast News is committed to an anti bullying boot camp. The inaugural event over the weekend drew hundreds of kids and parents for some fun and life saving information.
Our differences make us unique. And our talents allow us to stand apart from the rest. But these things that we should embrace, at times leads to bullying. More than 400 students stood side by side at this years anti-bully boot camp, ready to combat being teased, belittled and hurt. Parents joined their kids at the Museum of Art and Science to learn about how to protect their children from being bullied.
"The girl said she was going to fight her and my daughter said no," said Melissie Thomas. "She grabbed my daughter and flung her into a concrete slab wall."
Aria Jewitt was hospitalized back in March of this year. Following a fight caught on cell phone video. Thomas says seven months later her daughter is doing much better. But she still has nightmares. She applauded the anti-bully boot camp program, saying every parent needs to know their rights.
We're happy to announce First Coast News will continue the program every year. We also want to say thank you to our sponsors that helped to make this years event a huge success.
MHA ( Mental Health America )
Holland and Knight
Wolfson Children's Hospital
I'm A Star Foundation
Duval County Public Schools
Bradford County Public Schools
Bradford County Sheriff's Department
Jacksonville Firefighters Association
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