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Ormond Beach Observer Wednesday, Apr. 30, 2014 5 years ago

OUR TOWN: PACE Center girls challenge peers to stop cyber-bullying

by: Emily Blackwood News Editor

Students at PACE Volusia Flagler presented a strong message April 30 on the impacts of cyber-bullying.

After several weeks of research, the girls at PACE Volusia Flagler are ready to take on the cyber bullies.

Susan Miller’s Spirited Girls class led a discussion April 30 with their peers on about how they can support each other and can take action to stop inappropriate comments in on-line social networks.

“With so many stories of girls harming themselves over drama caused by cyber-bullying, I thought this would be an important topic for my class,” Susan Miller said in a press release. “When I brought up the topic in my Senior Class, I was amazed at how wide spread the girls told me the problem is. Every girl had some personal story to share; either they or a close friend had been a victim of cyber-bullying. They wanted to do something.”

During their research they even looked at their fellow PACE classmates, who are also at-risk teens.

“Girls, in general have one of two reactions,” Student Da’Shara* said. “They could be like me and just consider the source and don’t let it get to them. But some girls are more sensitive and it hurts them deeply. Those girls need to tell someone and get help to stop the bullying.”

The PACE Center for Girls is a statewide non-profit organization that provides a non-residential delinquency prevention program, targeting the unique needs of females ages 12 to 18 who are identified as dependent, truant, runaway, delinquent, or in need of academic skills.

*The school choses not to release their last names out of respect for their students' privacy. 

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