Teens to Host Anti-Bullying Event Oct. 17

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“From low self esteem to suicide, the effects of bullying can really be devastating,” explains Amna Tahir, 17, vice president of the Burke Centre Library Teen Advisory Board

The advisory board, which includes nine students from Robinson and Lake Braddock secondary schools and homeschooled students, is hosting an anti-bullying fair at Robinson, Saturday, Oct. 17, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The fair is free and there is no registration.

“We got involved because we recognized that bullying is definitely a problem that teenagers struggle with. This fair is a way of giving a voice and resources to teenagers to be able to better cope with bullying…Honestly, we will consider it a success if the event is able to help even one person.”Amna Tahir

The fair includes a presentation by Alan Eisenberg, author of Ladder in the Dark: My Journey from Bullying to Self-Acceptance, who will discuss his book and share his personal experiences. Resources will also be provided by:

Bullying in Fairfax County

According to a recent Fairfax County Youth Survey of 8th, 10th and 12th grade students :

  • 51 percent of teens have been bullied, taunted, ridiculed or teased.
  • 9 percent of teens indicated they were victims of chronic bullying.
  • 45 percent of teens reported that someone had said something bad about their race or culture.

Know the Signs of Bullying

  • Torn, damaged, missing clothes or belongings
  • Unexplained cuts, bruises and scratches
  • Isolation from or lack of friends
  • Fear of going to school or participating in peer activities
  • Frequent headaches, stomachaches, other ailments
  • Moodiness, sadness, depression
  • Trouble sleeping or frequent bad dreams
  • Anxiety and low self-esteem
  • Loss of appetite
  • Decreased school performance/grades
Bullying Prevention Toolkit

 


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