Preventing Bullying = Creating Safety

 WGTE and Fostering Healthy Communities (ProMedica, Mercy and the University of Toledo Medical Center) have developed this local initiative to increase youth safety by decreasing the incidence of bullying.  This year-long effort is comprised of a comprehensive public information campaign through TV, radio, print and the web; three live television programs and three workshops for educators.

  • Student Video - Friend Movement

    This public service announcement for the Preventing Bullying = Creating Safety initiative was written and produced by University of Toledo students.  The video highlights the remarkable awareness walk of Elliot London and Ronnie Kroell, who embarked upon a 921 mile and 37 day journey across the country. Starting in Chicago and ending in NYC with a candlelight vigil. The UT students interviewed London and Kroell as they passed through the Toledo area. This journey to celebrate friendship was inspired by and is dedicated to, Tyler Clementi.

    Friend Movement, in collaboration with The Tyler Clementi Foundation, have partnered to shift the conversation in our communities from anti-bullying to “pro-friendship”.

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  • Student Video - Super Hero

    This public service announcement for the Preventing Bullying = Creating Safety initiative was written and produced by Springfield  High School students, with actors from the Toledo Repertoire Theatre student theatre group.

  • Student Video - "Respect"

    This Public Service Announcement for Preventing Bullying = Creating Safety was created by Northwest Ohio students to express the importance of respects, understanding and empathy.

  • Student Video - "I am the Voice"

    This Preventing Bullying = Creating Safety Public Service Announcement effectively makes clear that change begins with the individual.  We all need to find the courage within us to stand up for others and stand up for what is right.  This video was created by Northwest Ohio students.

  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline

    The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. By dialing 1-800-273-TALK (8255), the call is routed to the nearest crisis center in our national network of more than 150 crisis centers. The Lifeline’s national network of local crisis centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals day and night.
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  • Educator Workshop: Bullying Identification and Prevention | April 17, 2013

    The focus of this educator worshop is on prevention of school violence and bullying incidents.  Dr. Lisa Pescara-Kovach, and Ret. Commander Mike Webber, review school threat assessment from a variety of angles (i.e., potential shooter traits, bullying behavior, and gave suggestions on how to respond when warning signs manifest themselves).

    This workshop was held on Wednesday, April 17, 2013.  WGTE and Fostering Healthy Communities (a partnership of Mercy, ProMedica and University of Toledo Medical Center), presented the day-long workshop for educators that addressed bullying and violence.  

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  • Educator Workshop: School Violence and Safety | April 17, 2013

    In this educator workshop, officers Tim McLeod, Mark Potter and Tony Castillo from the Oregon Police Department, discuss how to handle an emergency incident if prevention measures fail.  This session covered ALICE training with an emphasis on organizational and individual implementation of concepts.

    This workshop was held on Wednesday, April 17, 2013.  WGTE and Fostering Healthy Communities (a partnership of Mercy, ProMedica and University of Toledo Medical Center), presented the day-long workshop for educators that addressed bullying and violence.  

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  • Photo Gallery: Preventing Bullying = Creating Safety

    This is a photo gallery of the day's events during the first Preventing Bullying = Creating Safety educator workshop day. The workshop was free and open to all individuals in the field of education.  Administrators, teachers, counselors, psychologists, law enforcement, and school support staff including, but not limited to: nurses, bus drivers, recess monitors, food service, custodial, cafeteria.  Participants received a Certificate for 6 Contact Hours.

    This workshop was held on Wednesday, April 17, 2013.  WGTE and Fostering Healthy Communities (a partnership of Mercy, ProMedica and University of Toledo Medical Center), presented the day-long workshop for educators that addressed bullying and violence.  

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  • Views: 68 WGTE Town Hall: Preventing Bullying = Creating Safety (Program 1) -

    This WGTE Town Hall Program is hosted by Bill Harris and is the first of three Town Hall programs aimed at raising awareness and creating discussion about bullying. During this program we explore the causes and consequences of bullying, intimidation and violence among youth in our community.  How can we identify the signs of bullying early?  And, how can we find ways to foster understanding and healing, instead of division and violence?

    The program features William Geha, Sylvania Public Schools; SRO/Ptl. Tim McLeod, Oregon City School District/Oregon Police Division; Dr. Lisa Pescara-Kovach, The University of Toledo; Neil Rochotte Washington Local School District.

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  • WGTE Town Hall: Preventing Bullying = Creating Safety (Program 2) -

    Bill Harris hosts this special event, this program addresses identifying and responsing to bullying.  What should parents, school officials, bystanders and those being bullied do when bullying happens.  Bullying behavior is can occur wherever young people gather, whether in an educational environment or after school activities.  

    Discussion also centers on state laws and mandates for schools to have anti-bullying policies in place, including off-campus cyber-bullying when it is levied against a student.

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  • WGTE Town Hall: Preventing Bullying = Creating Safety Town Hall (Program 3) -

    January 30, 2014

    Moderated by Dr. Lisa Pescara-Kovach, the third WGTE Town Hall for Preventing Bullying = Creating Safety, featured three young adults who have experienced.

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  • Kirk Smalley | Stand for the Silent | University of Toledo

    Kirk Smalley from Stand for the Silent visited the University of Toledo, and spoke to a large audience in the Field House.

    Kirk and Laura Smalley's eleven year old son, Ty Field-Smalley, took his own life after being suspended from school for retaliating against a bully that had been bullying him for over two years.

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  • Policy Documents

    Preventing Bullying = Creating Safety provides the following documents for educators and administrators.  Feel free to download and adapt these documents for your own needs in your classroom, or within your school district. 

    CLASSROOM POLICY

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