As part of “Celebrate Literacy Week”, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office saw its personnel including Deputies’ and Investigators volunteer time to read to elementary school children across the county.
Commander of Citizen Services Lt. Eddie Farris also used the opportunity to talk with the students about an issue facing many children across the state and nation.
Lt. Farris read John Nickel’s “The Ant Bully” to Martha Smith’s Fourth-Grade class at Freeport Elementary School. Lt. Farris used its plot of “bullying” to talk to the students about the problem. Lt. Farris says, “You don’t have to be the victim of a bully. Let your teacher, or parents know about it.” The law enforcement officer also told the students that they should not be a bully, who tries to intimidate fellow students.
Over recent years, the problem of bullying has drawn attention from national educators, health professionals, and law enforcement. Lt. Farris tells the children, “Don’t be scarred to report the problem, you are entitled to feel safe when you are at school”.