West Virginia Bullying Awareness Week

By Kyle Lovern

October 6, 2013

Mingo County Schools will participate in the West Virginia Bullying Awareness Week starting Monday, October 7 –through the 13th, 2013.

October serves as a reminder that bullying intervention and prevention must be addressed, and one way to accomplish this is through educating our students and families, teachers and community members.

During the week of October 7th, Mingo County Schools will focus on bullying prevention activities. These activities will serve as a means of educating students and staff on the long-term adverse effects of bullying.

Mingo County Schools Director of Student Services and Attendance, Drema Dempsey, reports that the school system supports and promotes the regular integration of bullying awareness programs into all student activities, classrooms and curriculum. West Virginia Bullying Awareness Week gives our students, parents and teachers an opportunity to encourage community members to support bullying awareness campaigns.

Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among West Virginians between the ages of 15 and 24. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin recently said it’s a “heartbreaking” statistic.

According to Tomblin, a suicide occurs every 14 seconds in the United States.

“That’s simply heartbreaking, and it’s not easy to talk about,” he said.

West Virginia schools bullying awareness information and activities may be accessed at: http://wvde.state.wv.us/healthyschools/SDFSBullypage.html