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Local housing authority hosts second ‘stomp out bullying’ campaign

July 18, 2014

By Donna Summerall

The West Point Housing Authority (WPHA) sponsored a “Stomp Out Bullying” campaign with Safe Haven of Columbus Thursday at the WPHA building and community center in West Point. This was the second event of its kind with the WPHA and Safe Haven. Parents and children were invited to come and hear strategies for dealing with bullies.
“This is our second year to encourage children to help prevent bullying in schools and neighborhoods,” said Icie Wrench, tenant services director for the WPHA. “Last year’s theme was ‘Kick Out Bullying’ so we adopted ‘Stomp Out Bullying’ this year. Instead of applause, we asked everyone to stomp their feet during the program.”
Nikki Kraft, Safe Haven community outreach coordinator, talked to the children and their parents about things they can do stop bullying.
“Bullies crave attention,” said Kraft. “The best thing to do is ignore them. We adults know that isn’t always easy or possible for children. Sometimes you need to tell someone in authority that you or someone you know is the object of bullying. It isn’t tattling or telling, it’s keeping yourself and others safe from harm.”
Kraft spoke to the older children by saying that sometimes it can be an adult who is the bully. She said there have been instances of teachers, and sometimes principals, are known to pick on children. In those circumstances she said, the person being bullied should tell a parent. If several parents tell the same story about bullying in a classroom, someone will listen, according to Kraft.

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