Bay County students learn a lesson on bullying

By: Amber Southard Email
By: Amber Southard Email

Panama City - Bullying has changed a lot since the days of one kid taking another's lunch money on the playground.

Today, school bullying doesn't have to happen at school - instead, it often takes place in cyber space.

Bay County middle and high school students tackled the subject of bullying Monday, as they received a visit from Doctor Adolph Brown, who shared his own experiences with bullies, telling students how he was able to overcome, and even learn from, the experiences.

He taught the students through song and dance how bullying can affect others, and how serious the issue is among students their age.

Superintendent Bill Husfelt says bullying is everywhere, and he's glad there is a program in place to help educate students.

"Doc has a wonderful message on bullying, and about how we want our kids to have a great life, and it's just a inspirational message he shares," said Husfelt.

Brown says he teaches an empowering motivational message that he hopes students will use in everyday life.

"A lot of times when we're talking about bullying, people only talk about the bully and how they hurt people. But then there are victims, and it's important to empower victims to be assertive or to use humor and definitely get help. The third thing that's never talked about, are these bystanders that watch it and never get help. (We must) empower them with leadership," said Brown.

Andrew Hudson attends Mosley High School and says he learned a lot from Monday’s message, and plans to apply what he's learned.

"Just never tear anyone down because you don't even know the damage it's doing to someone else," said Hudson.

Adolph "Doc" Brown will conduct seven assemblies through this Wednesday.

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  • by Tired Location: PC on Feb 24, 2011 at 08:11 PM
    My child was beat up by a kid 4 years older than he is. Nothing happened. Maybe a call to TV stations and the police would help. STOP allowing bullying and do something School administraters.
  • by jerry lynn mott Location: panama city beach on Nov 9, 2010 at 08:12 AM
    bullies. i went to school at cove elementary and jenks jr. high in early 1960's. we had no bullies. if i saw a person bullying another person at school or on the streets. i would explain to that person he needed to stop his bulling because its not nice to bully someone and they had a choice either stop bulling or ( i myself would not bully that person ) i would start the fight with that bully. i always enjoyed fighting a bully. you see i never lost a fist fight. today i am 64 years of age. after a total of 211 fist fights to this present day i still have not lost a fist fight. if you went to school where and when i did you know what you just read is true ! if you know Dink Mills . ask him i'm sure he has some interesting stories you would enjoy hearing about how i would stop a bully from bulling a person. you know yourself that you would not want a person to be bulling you. so please do not bully . and say you did bully another person. WHAT did you prove ? sign , jerry LYNN mott
  • by FedUpParent on Nov 9, 2010 at 06:56 AM
    My kids went yesterday and really enjoyed the presentation. I just wonder how many of the bullies will take anything away from the message or if they just don't consider what they do bullying . . . especially the verbal bullies. My kids have stood up for kids being verbally bullied and were called "gay" because of it. And if kids refuse to participate in bullying, they then become a target. It's pretty sad . . .
  • by person Location: southport on Nov 8, 2010 at 04:45 PM
    we went today and he was a really good speaker i love how we used examples and he helped one of my friends today going a lot and it helps
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