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Event teaches parents about bullying

 


Parents and community members are invited to a free community event on Feb. 23 to learn about bullying, suicide prevention and harassment.

Guest speakers include Marc Mero, a former WWE and WCE pro wrestler who founded Champion of Choices and is now a motivational speaker, and Amy Briggs, a mother and school teacher who lost her son due to bullying.

They plan to begin their talk at 7 p.m. at the Tulalip Resort Casino, Chinook Room, 10200 Quil Ceda Blvd., Tulalip, on Feb. 23.

The hour-long presentation includes messages against bullying, and Mero will talk about how he was bullied, how he was a bully and suicide information.

“He’s a motivational speaker, so he is very positive and gives a really impactful talk,” said Chris Sutherland, a Marysville School Resource Officer and one of the two officers who helped bring the talk to the community and to local schools.

Sutherland and fellow officer Jeremy Wood helped bring the talks to six local schools and an additional talk this February as a free community event.

The two are School Resource Officers, which are Marysville police officers embedded in local schools to assist students.

Harassment and bullying is one of the most frequent issues they respond to, said Sutherland.

“It’s one of our main issues,” he said.

The two officers saw Mero and Briggs talk live and hoped to bring that kind of information back to Marysville.

“After we went to a conference in Orlando, we came back and we wanted to bring this information to all the kids so they could get these resources,” said Sutherland.

“We really can’t do it on our own so we wanted to bring the message to the schools,” he said.

Sutherland and Wood worked to gather donations last summer as part of that goal and were able to raise enough money to bring the speakers to the state.

When they started they weren’t sure if a community event was going to be a part of the plan.

“We talked about it, but we weren’t sure if we were going to have the money,” said Sutherland. “When we did [end up having money], we decided we did want to have some event for the parents, or all the other community members, to come and see,” he said.

Mero and Briggs are talking at all Marysville secondary schools from Feb. 21 to 23, and then finish with their community event on Feb. 23.

Sutherland encourages parents and community members to come out for the event. “We really want to get the word out about this,” he said. “Even elementary school parents, whose kids are not getting the presentation, but they could at least have that knowledge and be able to bring it back to them,” he said.

More information about the event is available on the Marysville School District’s website at msd25.org/STOPBullying.

 

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