Anti-Bully Rally at the Pleasanton River Park Oct. 19

Join the anti-bullying movement Wednesday, October 19, 7:00 p.m. at the Atascosa River Park in Pleasanton. The Atascosa Crisis Center is hosting this informational event to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention. Pleasanton ISD Resource Officer Willie Galloway, Jourdanton ISD Resource Officer Michael Gilbert and Donovan R. Garcia, Sr., professional photojournalist will be the speakers. 

“Bullying is a learned behavior and occurs in more environments than just the school yard,” said Shawnene Edmondson, Outreach Director at Atascosa Family Crisis Center. “Bullying is not confined to children only. Individuals and communities have the power to prevent bullying before it becomes a problem.”

On Monday, at Commissioners’ Court Atascosa County Judge, Bob Hurley proclaimed, “Atascosa County a community striving to be Bully Free.” Judge Hurley said, “I call upon citizens to recognize bullying for the societal problem it is. I call upon you to make a difference by taking the time to get involved. I call upon you to encourage all Atascosa Citizens to help make our county bully free.”

Local schools and the community are invited to participate in this important event.

Schools are asking students to wear orange which represents anti-bullying. The theme of this event is Be a buddy. Not a bully. Stand up. Report it. Support it. National Bullying Prevention Month is supported by hundreds of schools, major corporations, and celebrities. 

“The act of bully is just the tip of the iceberg,” said Donovan Garcia. “It’s what is lying underneath that should be of concern to us all.”

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