Prorgam Aimed at Kicking Bullying

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By Rochelle Dean

(WOLO) COLUMBIA,S.C.-- As a part of National Youth prevention week, dozens of local students attended a week long forum to discuss bullying and how it can affect a child.

The Columbia community recreational coordinator Terry Dozier organized Tuesday night's event that gave children a open forum to discuss their concerns about harassment, cyber-bullying and the violence often associated with it.

Dozier says bullying is not only a problem in area schools, it's become a national problem that only open dialogue can help correct.

Students in attendance say they have witnessed students being thrown into lockers, and beaten up, others have been victimized themselves.

A panel of judges, law enforcement and others who have been bullied spoke candidly to the group of students to let them know they're not
alone in their fight against bullies.

Events for the program will take place throughout the week.

Wednesday from 6:30p to 8:30pm at Greenview park (6700 David Street) Youth will have a chance to test their knowledge against top x-box and playstation gamers.

Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30 the group will hold a public forum " bringing civility back to Our community" at MLK Park.

Friday The week of event s will conclude with "hoops at the Hyatt" basketball game (950 Jackson street) and the "Let's move!" kids day at Finlay park from 6p to 9pm.

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