Forum, workshops in Florence to tackle bullying

September 6, 2018

FLORENCE, S.C. – Parent University Media will host a forum on bullying at 6 p.m. Monday at the West Florence High School auditorium, to start conversations on solutions for bullying in Florence.

Sam Fryer, who is the behavioral health specialist at Williams Middle School, will moderate the forum. According to Josiella Williams, the executive director and founder of Parent University Media, there will be a panel consisting of members of the education community.

Prior to the forum, Parent University Media will be hosting workshops from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Delmae Elementary School. There will be classes for elementary- and secondary-age students and parents, as well as a class specifically on cyberbullying.

Workshops will be taught by behavioral health specialists and educators from the Florence area, according to Williams. The workshop instructors will also be present at the forum.

Williams said the workshops and forum are an important step for the community to find a resolution to bullying in Florence schools.

“We need the community to come together so we can take this on,” Williams said.

The forum will include issues discussed in the workshops and allow parents and students to make concerns known to find a resolution, Williams said.

On Friday, there will be a prayer breakfast at the Barnes Street Activity Center with Moms on a Mission, which is a new group with Parent University Media.

All three events are open to the public free.

This is the second forum Parent University Media has hosted. Williams said there are plans for two more forums: a forum on student behavioral health problems in February and the opioid problem in September 2019.

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