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EDITOR, Daily News:
I recently followed through on a recommendation received some time ago to visit Operation Respect (www.operationrespect.org), a website against bullying, which is a significant problem in our country.
This resource is for victims, bystanders and perpetrators, as well as parents and teachers.
From the song “Don’t Laugh at Me (Don’t Call Me Names)” for young children to subjects and assemblies for older youth and recommended books, there is something for everyone, including a free curriculum for teachers.
Parents are encouraged to periodically discuss bullying with their children and family. Many children suffer in silence from this mental, physical and emotional abuse, and discussions frequently could save heartaches and regrets, and might prevent the harmful end as often reported in the media.
Feb. 22 is Pink Shirt day — a celebration across our entire county when schools and communities collaborate to send unified messages about anti-bullying.
Please participate that day by wearing a pink T-shirt to show you care, as the Ketchikan community frequently demonstrates. Our kids need your support.