The father of Matt Epling, who committed suicide after being bullied his last day in eighth grade during a “Welcome to High School Event” in 2002, will be a keynote speaker at a statewide symposium on bullying hosted by Oakland University and Cooley Law School.
Kevin Epling, Matt’s father, for whom the December 2001 “Matt’s Safe School Law” was signed into law, will be among those who speak at the summit titled, “Working Together to Stop School Violence,” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, June 7 at Cooley’s Auburn Hills Campus at 2630 Featherstone Road.
The summit will cover the law, schools’ responsibility and also address what educators, students and parents can do to stop bullying.
Participants will learn how to tell if a child is being bullied, the profile of a bully and even the warning signs for teenagers shooters and suicide.
Presenters include Oakland University Associate Professor Gwendolyn Thompson McMillon, Cooley Law School Professor Monica Nuckolls and Saginaw District Court Judge M.T. Thompson Jr.
McMillon, Nuckolls and Thompson have coauthored a pilot magazine series, “Weekly Bully Beat Down,” that has been distributed this year to about 12 school districts, including Pontiac, Saginaw and Detroit.
In the magazine, Thompson and Nuckolls focused on the law involving bullying and McMillon focused on sharing material teachers can use to incorporate anti-bullying information into the curriculum they are already using.
In one story, for example, a girl is rejected by a lifetime friend, who joins other students in making fun of the girl, not only in her own neighborhood but at school.
Students in English language arts would hypothesize what they would do if they were the characters in the story, identify the point at which the character made a decision, say whether they feel the character made the right decision, and tell why.
“This summit will help teachers, social workers, school administrators, or anyone to notice the signs of bullying and to notice signs of violence and harassment in our schools,” said McMillon, who teaches literacy in the Department of Reading and Language Arts.
Nuckolls, one of the summit’s organizers said, “In order for Matt’s Safe School Law to be effective, our educators need to be informed about their responsibilities.”
To pre-register for the summit “Working Together to stop School Violence,” contact Cooley Law School Professor Monica Nuckolls at 248-751-7800 extension 7752 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.; or visit www.cooley.edu/events/stop_bullying_summit.html.
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Posted By: ByMyFriends |
6/04/13 12:06 PM
There is probably no one better to speak on that subject than a father of suicide victim. I hope that summit idea takes off and makes a difference.