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The Racine County Eye is hosting a forum on bullying from 6 to 8 p.m. June 3 at the Bray Center, 924 Center Street.

We’d love for you to be there because we know how important children are in this community. And for us, the issue of bullying has become too important to ignore.

After 15-year-old Caledonia resident Cameron Langrell committed suicide in April after he was bullied when he came out as transgender, Heather Asiyanbi and I started talking about how the community reacted and what we can do to help people have better discussions about this issue. We noticed the need for information: How bullying is addressed in the community, what resources are available, and what to do if your child is being bullied or is the bully.

We noticed that parents often feel almost as isolated as their children do when their children are being bullied and we’d like to help change that. This is a forum on bullying of all forms, not just kids that are transgender.

We’re bringing together a great group of people and resources together in the hope of getting people connected. Members of the Case High School Eagle Theatre group will be performing parts of their self-written play, the Secret Project. We’ll also hear from Anastacia Gonzales, a student who was bullied, talk about what helped her get through this difficult time. We’ll also have a panel featuring an official from the Racine Police Department, a representative from the mental health community and LGBT community.

To help keep the conversation focused and on topic, we’re also asking the audience to write their questions down for this forum-style discussion. And, we’ll also send you home with some resources.

 

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.

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