The Board of County Commissioners are pictured with representatives of the Street Team of Citrus County
The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on October 11, 2016, proclaiming October as National Bullying Prevention Month in Citrus County. Various researchers have concluded that bullying is the most common form of violence, affecting millions of American children and adolescents annually. Thousands of Florida children and adolescents are affected by bullying annually. Bullying is physical, verbal, sexual or emotional harm or intimidation intentionally directed at a person or group of people. Bullying occurs in neighborhoods, playgrounds, schools and through technology such as the Internet and cell phones.
Targets of bullying are more likely to acquire physical, emotional, learning problems and students who are repeatedly bullied often fear such activities as riding the bus, going to school and attending community activities. Children who bully are at greater risk of engaging in more serious violent behaviors and children who witness bullying often feel less secure, more fearful and intimidated.
The Board of County Commissioners of Citrus County, Florida proclaims October as National Bullying Prevention Month and along with the Street Team of Citrus County encourages schools, students, parents, recreation programs, religious institutions, and community organizations to engage in a variety of awareness and prevention activities designed to make our communities safer for all children and adolescents.