Bullying topic of Tuesday forums

By Riley Manning

Daily Journal

TUPELO – Parents for Public Schools will hold two forums Tuesday on the topic of bullying.

The program, “Bullied to Death: Safeguarding Our Children’s Mental Health,” will be presented at a lunch session from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. and an evening session from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m, both in the parish hall of All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 608 W. Jefferson St., across from the Lee County Library.

A light lunch will be served at the mid-day event at no charge, with donations accepted.

Debbie Woodrick Hall, director of community relations for North Mississippi State Hospital, will offer tips for identifying signs of depression and helping children deal with bullying, stress and peer pressure. She’ll include red flags parents can look for in determining whether their children are being bullied.

Woodrick Hall has been giving speeches to middle and high school students about suicide prevention for four years.

The tide will turn against bullying, Woodrick Hall said, when parents begin to talk straight with their kids. It will take a joined effort between parents and teachers to expect kids to treat each other with respect, she said.

For more information about Tuesday’s events, call Sally Gray with Parents for Public Schools at (662) 401-3897.

riley.manning@journalinc.com