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District Attorney Craig Watkins Launches Anti-Bullying Campaign

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Dallas South News Wire (District Attorney’s Office)

Today, Dallas County District Attorney (DA) Craig Watkins is launching an anti-bullying campaign with an assembly program for ninth and tenth grade students at 10:30 a.m. at South Oak Cliff High School located at 3601 S. Marsalis Ave., Dallas, Texas 75216.  In addition to speaking to students about preventing bullying, DA Watkins is also sponsoring an essay contest for participating area schools.  The theme of the essay contest is Be Smart, Don’t Bully.

“Bullying is no longer confined to just an older student taking a younger student’s lunch money,” said Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins.  “With the ever-changing computer and cell phone technologies available today, along with the popularity of online social media networks, bullying has unfortunately become much more common and is manifesting itself in ways we never imagined.

As a result, we have young people throughout the country who are suffering from depression and in the most serious cases even taking their own lives as a result of being bullied.  So I thought it was critical to open a dialogue with our local students to discuss the causes of bullying and help them identify alternative means of conflict resolution and embracing differences.  Likewise, it is equally important to address those who are doing the bullying to inform them of the consequences from a juvenile justice perspective.”

The essay contest poses the following question to student participants: How can you proactively prevent bullying at your school, community and online and what specific actions would you take to resolve the issue?  Students are encouraged to give their interpretation of the essay question.  The students with winning entries will get to shadow the DA for a day at the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office.  For more information and essay contest rules please log on to www.besmartdontbully.com

For more information about the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, please visit www.dallasda.com.

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