Sheriff's Dept Kicks Off Year-Long Anti-Bullying Campaign
POSTED: Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 7:50pm
UPDATED: Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 7:49pm
EL PASO - The issue of bullying has been on everyone's mind lately. Celebrities have spoken out about it, and the El Paso County Sheriff's Office is also taking a stand.
Many offices have casual Fridays, but the El Paso County Sheriff's Office has casual Thursdays.
“We're all in unity in reference to this anti-bullying problem that's been going on,” said Patricia Wallace, from the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.
The El Paso County Sheriff's is kicking off a year-long campaign to stop bullying.
“It's just to support and show the awareness that the sheriff's office has [for] anti-bullying [efforts],” said Chief Deputy Eddie Campa.
Part of the effort, is to bring awareness to the issue by wearing t-shirts that say “Take a stand. Live beyond hate.”
“We have a new design...that's coming out here in the next couple of months that we'll be...wearing on Thursday,” said Chief Deputy Campa.
The sheriff's office wants to help implement anti-bullying measures in schools around the county. They want to start by assessing bullying in each school, and getting the community involved, to help advocate for anti-bullying initiatives.
“We're trying to show that not everybody's the same. Everybody's different. However, we all live on this planet and we all need to get along,” said Campa.
Campa said that while bullying is an issue everywhere, and can seem like an overwhelming problem to tackle, it's important that everyone – parents, teachers, and students pitch in, to help put an end to it.
“It's a national epidemic and it's here in El Paso, and we want to be able to put an end to it sooner rather than later,” said Campa.
If you'd like to learn more about the sheriff department's anti-bullying initiative, you can go to www.epcabc.com for more information.