By DENISE ZENTZ
Bullying is a problem that affects all ages and populations, as recently witnessed in our local media. It's an issue that needs to be discussed as well as prevented.
Dunkirk High School students recently participated in an anti-bullying poster contest which ran throughout the entire month of October. Students learned about the statistics, risk factors, warning signs, and consequences of bullying.
Dunkirk students pose with posters and T-shirts from the anti-bullying program.
The New York Statewide Positive Behavior Intervention and Support team collaborated with the Dunkirk Police Benevolent Association, Dunkirk Firefighters Local 616, Attorney John Schober, the Boys and Girls Club and the students at Dunkirk High School to identify bullying and the Positive Behavior Intervention and Support character trait of the month, "Respectful," in their poster.
Prizes were awarded to the top three winners of the contest. Attorney Schober presented the winners with their awards. First place went to Samantha Hemenger, second place went to Kayla Barberich and third place went to Jessica Miller. Each participant and judge were presented with an anti-bully prevention T-shirt compliments of our sponsors.
October was National Bully Prevention Awareness month, however it should be recognized throughout the year.
Remember, bully prevention starts with you.
Denise Zentz is a Dunkirk police officer who works with the city school district.