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The boys, along with their parents, tidied the area outside and around the BACC and on the grounds and trail at the Old Iron Spring. The boys receive credit and awards for community service and can receive special awards for summer activities they participate in. [Read more…]
What defines bullying? In the past, it could have been being called names, or getting pushed down in the school yard, or taunted in school hallways.
“Even when kids are away from school, they can’t get away from it,” said Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy. “They are bullied all the time. There is no place that is safe anymore.”
Murphy will be attending the 2nd Annual Bullying Awareness March on Friday, May 3 in Ballston Spa. The Ballston Area Community Allies will host the event.
The march, which will be led by local children who wish to voice their concerns about bullying, will begin at 4 p.m. at the Ballston Area Community Center and end at the Old Iron Spring.
Bullying is the number one issue in schools, and it has concerned Murphy for a long time, he said.
“I think it is important to speak to the community and let them know it is never too early to talk about the dangers,” Murphy said. “Kids need to know what to do if they are bullied. They need to know that the DA office can help. This is a real concern for communities.”
Murphy said his concern is for the kids who are afraid to talk about being bullied.
“It can be a dangerous situation, especially with the recent suicides,” he said. “We need to bring this issue to light and tell them we want to help them. My mission is to talk about these issues in the open and let kids know this behavior is not acceptable.”
The march is a joint effort between Ballston Area Community Allies (BACA) and the Ballston Area Community Center (BACC).
Mike Laudicina of BACC agreed with Murphy that bullying is the number one problem for kids today. The march is a chance for kids to voice their concern over bullying, he said.
“We want people to know that young people want bullying stopped,” Laudicina said. “It’s very exciting to see young people show how much they want this behavior to stop.”
The joint effort arose because of the significant increase in cases of bullying, Laudicina said.
“We in this community decided we wanted to do something about it,” he said.
In a statement released by BACA, Program Coordinator Jackie Quarters said the march stems from that desire to do something.
“The Bullying Awareness March gives local youths the opportunity to speak out against bullying and share their solutions to end abuse with the community,” she said. “The March also gives community members a chance to show their support for the children’s cause.”
Other public leaders expected to attend include Ballston Spa Village Mayor John Romano and Ballston Spa Central School District Superintendent Joseph P. Dragone.
“Bullying can lead to many things,” Romano said. “Young children have to understand they can’t be bullied. Bullying can lead to many more dangerous aspects that should not be tolerated.”
Once the marchers have arrived at the Old Iron Spring Pavilion & Park, youth marchers will have the opportunity to speak with public leaders about bullying and their ideas on how to make it end.
Laudicina said last year’s march drew about 75 kids, and he expects more than 220 kids to march this year. All ages are welcome, he said.
Last year’s march ended at Village Hall, but because they have outgrown it the destination of this year’s march is the Old Iron Spring, Laudicina said.
The march is open to adults, children and organizations who wish to speak out against bullying. Anyone interested in participating should contact the Ballston Area Community Center at 518-885-3261.
BACC has a morning and afternoon program and currently currently there are 180 children from kindergarten to 7th grade participating, Laudicina said. Different educational leaders come in during the week to speak to children about various issues, including bullying and self-esteem, he said. The program is year-round.
According to their Facebook page, the Ballston Area Community Allies is “an alliance to create awareness and prevention strategies to end abuse and violence in the Ballston Spa community. Our mandate is to become a resource to everyone in the Ballston area by understanding the community’s concerns with abuse and providing targeted programs to address those concerns.”
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