Alicia Smith serves as moderator for Anti-Bullying Workshop at Hope United Methodist Church

Discussion centered on ways to combat bullying

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (WXYZ) - Men, women, and youth gathered for a Saturday morning workshop in Southfield to tackle a tough topic – bullying.  7 Action News This Morning anchor Alicia Smith was honored to serve as moderator.

“People have seen the spot on TV where I talk about being picked on as a kid.  So, when I was asked to take part in this workshop, I felt it was important to help out in any way I could,” said Smith.

“These days with facebook, twitter, and other social media, bullying follows students outside of the school.  Cyber bullying has really emerged as a big problem,” added Smith.

 The United Methodist Women of the Detroit Renaissance District hosted the workshop Saturday, March 8.

It was held at Hope United Methodist Church on Northwestern Highway.

The panel discussion featured three speakers.

Attorney Lisa Schmidt of Schmidt Law Services talked about anti-bullying legislation and students’ rights.

Detroit Public Schools teacher, author, and actress Adra Young focused on how to handle bullies in the classroom and ways to reach out to students who are being bullied.

Rebekah Thomas – a student at Oakland University – spoke candidly about her experience being bullied as a student at a private Catholic school.  She recently founded a non-profit organization aimed at combating bullying and child abuse.  She named the group Standing Together Against Neglect and Degradation, or S.T.A.N.D.

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