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Council Pro Tem Jay Roberson Sets Out to Empower Youth with “Anti-Bullying” Program

PRESS RELEASE                                                                           Thurs, February 11, 2016

Contact: Chiara E. Perry

Phone: 205-254-2055

Cell: 205-908-7392

chiara.perry@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL- Bullying isn’t a new issue, but as social media continues to grow, it’s creating new measures for the often taunting act amongst youth. This very serious fear tactic is often repeated over and over again causing unpleasant experiences in school for many students, thus affecting their ability to learn. Birmingham City Council President Pro-Tem Jay Roberson wants to put an end to the problem that bullying causes by sparking dialogue around solutions to the problem with students within the Birmingham City School System. Today Councilor Roberson will host an Anti-Bullying Program at Huffman High School from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Huffman High School. Councilor Roberson says that it’s hope that today’s session will motivate student leaders at Huffman to stand up in their fight against bullying.

“It is a known fact that influential kids are the ones who set the tone of the school. If we can get them to take the lead in the fight against bullying, then I believe we will have a better chance of influencing other kids to resemble their positive behavior,” Councilor Roberson said. “We want our youth to really grasp the fact that the key to ending the problem is standing up to bullies, not standing by.”

According to teensuicidestatistics.us, 100,000 kids (that’s equal to the First Niagara Center filled five times) leave school each of year because of bullying and never go back. Another 160,000 skip school every day because of bullying. Approximately 4,400 kids ages 10-19 take their own lives each year in relation to bullying. Yet, 96 percent of bullying goes unnoticed.

For details on registration please contact the Office of Council Pro Tem Jay Roberson at 205.254.2418.

For media inquiries please contact Birmingham City Council Public Information Officer Chiara Perry at 205.908.7392 or chiara.perry@birminghamal.gov.