Nobody is pushing Mississippi teenager Kelsey Ann Jackson around these days as she crusades throughout the state on a mission to stamp out bullying among young girls.
Jackson, who recently graduated from Brookhaven High School, delivered a powerful message about the dangers of bullying to students at the DuBard School for Languages Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi on Thursday, June 17.
“Kids with disabilities or challenges are often the target of bullies,” said Jackson, a victim of bullying herself years ago. “Bullies do not take time to get to know the student and find out who she really is. That’s why it is so important to teach girls at the DuBard School about recognizing bullies and handling them.”
Jackson, 18, is so passionate about her mission to stop bullying that she created a Web site (www.meangirlsnotcool.com) that includes fast facts, tips for parents, ways to get help and additional resource information.
Surveys show that as many as one-half of all children are bullied at some time during their school years and at least 10 percent are bullied on a regular basis. Many female bullies are popular, pretty, otherwise exemplary students who are often admired by teacher and others.
On her Web site, Jackson notes that if she can help prevent “even one girl from being bullied – or one girl from being a bully – it will make a difference and that is my hope and my mission.”
Dr. Maureen Martin, DuBard School director, shares the same conclusion. “Bullying is a problem for students across the country,” said Martin. “Those who have challenges in communicating can be even more vulnerable to this problem. This program will help our students know what bullying is, and is not, and what to do should they encounter it.”
Brookhaven, Miss., teenager Kesley Jackson, back row, spoke to students at the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi about the dangers of bullying on June 17.
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