A Pasadena church is teaming up with others in the community to fight bullying. Galilee Lutheran Church will host veteran local educator Tim Merritt to present a seminar on cyberbullying Wednesday at 7 p.m.
The local church joins a larger effort of groups against bullying and cyberbullying. According to Bullying Statistics.org, more than one in three young people have experienced cyberthreats online. Last week, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice hosted a forum called "A Ray of Hope: A Pro-kindness, Anti-bullying, Teen Suicide Prevention Outreach" at Howard High School, according to The Baltimore Sun.
The Sun reported that Rice teamed up with the family of Grace McComas to educate others on the dangers of bullying. Fifteen-year-old Glenelg High School student Grace McComas committed suicide on Easter Sunday after months of cyber-bullying. According to The Sun, Grace McComas was repeatedly told by other classmates on Twitter that “she was hated and that her existence was God's sense of humor. She was encouraged to kill herself.”
Galilee’s Education Ministry Team will present “Schoolhouse and Cyberbullying: What Can a Parent Do?” on Wednesday. The 60-minute presentation is for parents and adults to help them recognize the signs of bullying, according to a release from Galilee Church.
Merritt, who is currently a principal at High Point Elementary School, will speak about his experiences as an educator. He has been a principal for 11 years, and was an assistant principal for three years, and a teacher for 16 years in both Maryland and New York.
In his position as an educator, Merritt takes an active role in resolving bullying issues between students as well as working with students on a myriad of strategies to assist them in solving the many problems that elementary-age students face, according to the release.
During his presentation, Merritt will talk to parents about the definitions of cyberbullying, and how parents can support their child in dealing with a bully.
The seminar will take place at Galilee Lutheran Church on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The event is open to the public and childcare will be provided. To reserve childcare, please contact the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-255-8236.