A community forum to discuss the aspects and causes of bullying will be held on Thursday from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Community Room at 1891 Jim Keene Boulevard in Winter Haven.
The forum will be comprised of members from law enforcement across the county along with Polk County school administrators and a local psychologist, according to Polk Vision and the Lakeland Ledger.
Among those expected to participate in the forum are Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd and Polk Schools Deputy Superintendent for Support Services Nancy Woolcott.
The panel will discuss questions received through on-line submissions to the Ledger, according to newspaper reports. Also on tap will be explanations from both law enforcement and school officials about what constitutes bullying, how it can and should be addressed and what parents and students should do should they believe either they, their child or someone they know are bullying targets.
Also expected to be a topic will be cyber-bullying or the use of the Internet or social media for harassment, similar to that which reportedly drove a Lakeland teenager to take her own life last year. The consequences of such activities also will be outlined from both the school and law enforcement perspectives, reports said.