Evarts P.D. conducts anti-bullying program

EVARTS, Ky. (WYMT) - Students at Evarts Elementary School in Harlan County spent part of the day learning about bullying and how to prevent it. The anti-bullying talk was presented by the Evarts Police Department.

"We established this program about a month ago. It's been about a six month process of trying to get all of our stuff together, to get a Powerpoint together so we can get with these kids," said Officer William Clogston.

Officers say they want to teach children that there are people they can turn to if they are being bullied.

"Parents, teachers, school bus drivers, and of course, you know, us the police. You know we want them to know that there's help out here for them," said Officer John Teagle.

Police say bullying can lead to a lifetime of damage.

"They could turn to alcohol, drugs. They have a lot of family problems. They also sometimes end up committing suicide," said Teagle.

School officials say they want students to understand that bullying is not OK, and if they are being bullied, they should tell someone about it.

"If this program helps one child say 'Hey, I don't have to be bullied, the police officer said I didn't,' then it was worth letting them come in," said principal Edna Burkhart.

With police taking a more active role in the school, educators say they're confident more kids will say no to bullying.

The Evarts Police Department is planning to continue to develop its anti-bullying program. They also have anti-drug events planned in the coming months.

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