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Bullying forum set for Tuesday in Huntersville

Huntersville police and the Foundation for Respect Ability will team to sponsor a forum Tuesday afternoon on bullying and cyberbullying.

The program is aimed at helping prepare parents and students for the start of the 2014-15 school year and how to deal with bullying-related issues.

A panel of experts will participate in the program, scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Huntersville Police Department’s community room, 9630 Julian Clark Ave.

Experts will include Kenny Lynch, a detective and an FBI Cyber Crimes Task Force member; John Concelman, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools specialist on bullying-related issues; Phillip Geiger, a Davidson police officer and member of the FBI’s Charlotte Child Exploitation Task Force; and Sid Krupkin, founding board member of the Foundation for Respect Ability.

Also on the panel will be a high school student and two school resource officers.

“Anytime we can create or continue a conversation around mental health concerns, we need to do that,” said Lynn Hennighausen, co-chair of Davidson LifeLine. “Research tells us that youth who are bullied and who bully others have high rates of mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression and thoughts of suicide.”

The forum is open to the public, although seating is limited. You can reserve a seat by contacting Diane Benson at 704-438-9798 or xbullying@gmail.com.

Lyttle: 704-358-6107; Twitter: @slyttle
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