Solanco School District officials are encouraging parents, students and community members to join the battle against bullying. As part of a district-wide effort to eliminate bullying, school officials teamed up with the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office and a local judge to host a forum on the topic. “We know that bullying has a negative impact on a student’s performance in school,” said Superintendent Martin Hudacs. “We need to address this problem as a community so our students feel safe and supported.”

The community forum focused on how to identify when a child has been bullied or when a child has intimidated other youngsters. One of the features of the event was the screening of “Sticks and Stones,” a 10-minute video supplied by the attorney general’s office. Len Brown, a Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas judge, shared information on bullying from a local perspective, including legal implications and resources available to parents.

School counselor Marisa Seubert provided information about the psychological and physical impacts from bullying. Solanco guidance counselors and administrators also talked about programs and resources that are in place in the district to help identify and prevent bullying.

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