Anti-Bullying Presentation in East Hampton
Mark Walters, a retired New York City and New Jersey school principal, former guidance counselor, and director of Bullying Stops Today, will be at the East Hampton Library on Tuesday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. with a presentation for teenagers and parents aimed at eradicating bullying.
Over his years in the education field, Mr. Walters has "worked with hundreds of those who have been bullied and, conversely, with hundreds of bullies," he writes. The problem, which he calls "a stain . . . diminishing the moral fiber and ethical strength of our society," is one that happens not only to children in schools but to adults in the workplace and in "all strata of society."
Mr. Walters will discuss the effects of bullying at school, in the workplace, and online and show parents how to recognize the early signs that their children have been bullied. He will share his expertise on the subject and send participants off with exercises "that they can use all through their lifetimes" to face and overcome bullying, he said.
As founder of Bullying Stops Today and the Sticks and Stones Foundation, he has taken his presentation to hundreds of families around the country. "The important thing," he writes, "is that this message gets out: 'Hey kid, if you're being bullied, it's not your fault!' "
Reservations for Tuesday's program can be made online or by calling the library's adult reference desk at 631-324-0222, extension 3.