Sugar Land, TX (PRWEB) January 15, 2014
Join us for a free Freedom From Bullying community-wide event (sugarcreek.net/protectors), featuring guest speaker Paul Coughlin, in the Sugar Creek Baptist Church Main Auditorium on Thursday, January 23 at 7 p.m.
This event is sponsored by The Protectors Alliance of Fort Bend Communities, a unique partnership of local business leaders, community leaders, civic organizations, faith based organizations and Fort Bend ISD Student Support Services.
Paul Coughlin is Founder & President of The Protectors, which works with both public schools and private religious organizations to diminish bullying. He is also a FoxNews contributor, analyst, former newspaper editor, reporter, and expert witness regarding bullying. The Protectors anti-bullying program, presentation and curriculum are used by more than 100 organizations around the world. Unlike traditional anti-bullying efforts, The Protectors puts a special emphasis on bystanders and their ability to reduce bullying.
A recent Harris Poll (Sept 2011) revealed that bullying is the leading concern among parents and students, surpassing illicit sexual activity, drug use and gang activity. It is also the leading form of abuse that a child will experience. According to the Secret Service, approximately 85% of school shootings have revenge against, and anger from, bullying as their major motive.
"Bullying is not about conflict, misunderstanding and related myths," says Paul Coughlin, Founder & President of The Protectors, which works with both public schools and private religious organizations to diminish bullying. "Bullying is an intentional form of abuse, the only one of its kind that we tell the most vulnerable among us to 'just ignore.' In many cases, bullying is really about contempt and hatred, which are learned behaviors. In many cases it's about pride, arrogance, entitlement, and a belief by some that they are superior to others. Standing against bullying is really about standing for human dignity, and the Protectors Alliance of Fort Bend Communities can play a unique role in bringing health and healing to the community.”
“Bullying is an issue that is no longer confined to the elementary school playground. As we have seen it reaches from the playground to the pro sports arena," says Clif Cummings, Associate Pastor of Sugar Creek and Chaplain for the Sugar Land Police Department. "Solving the problem of bullying cannot be laid solely upon the shoulders of school teachers and administrators. It affects the entire community and must be addressed by the entire community. This group of leaders is committed to helping this effort throughout our community for years to come, and we are asking other community-loving businesses and organizations to do the same.”
Sugar Creek Baptist Church
13223 SW Freeway
Sugar Land, TX 77478
Thursday, January 23, 2014
7:00 p.m. CST
The event is open to the public. Parents, teachers and community leaders are encouraged to attend. Admission is free.
Please contact Clif Cummings.
About The Protectors Alliance of Fort Bend Communities
The Protectors Alliance of Fort Bend Communities is a unique partnership of local business leaders, community leaders, civic organizations, faith-based organizations and Fort Bend ISD Student Support Services. This event markets the start of a bold city-wide initiative which will culminate in a community wide event in October of 2014.