Bullying, Suicide Prevention Discussions Continue for Bay Dist. Parents and Students


The death of Gabriella Green has sparked conversation around mental health and bullying in Bay District schools.

Parents are not giving up on their efforts to create a safer, and bully-free atmosphere for their kids.

A meeting Sunday was held by the Student Advocacy Center of Bay County.

Organizers invited parents and students to discuss suicide prevention.

The meeting focused on preventing bullying and educating parents on their rights if they believe their children are getting bullied.

A parent and friend of the Green family announced the Gabriella Green Foundation for Bullied Children, which will aim to help families of bullied students.

“We want to, of course, bring awareness of the situation of bullying as it exists. Not only at a local level of Bay Dist. Schools, but also on a national level. It’s also to raise funds to help with counseling of victims of bullying and to really insure that a tragedy like what happened to Gabriella never happens again,” Steve Strout, a parent, and co-founder, said.

Dinah Crayton, a licensed attorney recommends each parent to get a hold of the district’s policies.

She said further that requesting a formal investigation is key in Bay County.

“The school district must both investigate the offense or incident that’s been alleged, and then bring it to conclusion with respect to recommendations, Crayton said.
Future meetings are scheduled starting in February:

Feb. 18, 2:00 p.m. at the Bay County Public Library’s meeting room. It will discuss “Buddies NOT Bullies: Bully Film & Discussion ‘Finding Kind’.

Feb. 25, 2:00 p.m at the Bay County Public Library’s meeting room. It will discuss “Buddies NOT Bullies: Bully Film and Discussion ‘Bully’.

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