Local group hosts free bully prevention workshop and movie

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 11:49pm

It's an unfortunate reality for millions of kids nationwide but a group in El Paso wants to shatter the ever growing culture of bullying.

The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department hosted a free bully prevention workshop at the Seville Recreation Center on Wednesday to raise awareness about bullying and help teach parents and students how to deal with the attacks safely and effectively - things like how to report bullying, how to walk away, and how to make sure you don't let a bully's words ruin your day.

The program targets kids between the ages of 8 to 16 years old.

"We're creating what is called a 'No Bully Zone' by doing these different activities and events," said Geisha Glass-Abdullah, one of the event organizers.

"Little by little, when we each try, if we all put in our part, like, we could stop it," said Francia Ramirez.

Students made anti-bullying posters, heard from speakers, and participated in team building exercises - in the end, taking the lessons learned back to the school yard.

"It's important for them to understand how to access free resources and things that are going on here in El Paso that they can get involved in to get their mind off of that incident and to really make sure that they're taking the opportunity to have a social life," said Glass-Abdullah.

Organizers showed the movie "Bully" by Lee Hirsh (rated PG-13) to try and encourage students, parents, and the rest of the community to get involved in preventing bullying.

The event continues on Thursday, January 30th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at the Seville Recreation Center at 6700 Sambrano St.

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