Anti-bullying speaker to visit Sumner Hill to discuss 'Mean Girl - - Jackson, MS

Anti-bullying speaker to visit Sumner Hill to discuss 'Mean Girls'

Source: Clinton Public School District Source: Clinton Public School District
CLINTON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

On Oct. 1, ninth-graders at Sumner Hill Junior High will hear a guest speaker on the topic of "mean girls."

The Clinton Public School District says the program will be held for female students from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the school auditorium.

The program, called "Mean Girls Aren't Cool", will focus on increasing awareness of bullying among girls and educating about how, when and why it occurs. It will also help students understand the difference between teasing and bullying, identify bullying techniques and tactics, to empower victims and bystanders, and getting schools and parents involved to help prevent bullying.

"Girls aren't given the opportunity to feel empowered, gain self-awareness, develop coping strategies, improve problem solving skills, understand they are not alone and to learn to make healthy decisions," says Kelsey Ann Jackson Beassie, keynote speaker.

The Clinton Public School District says that Beassie said she was a victim of bullying herself.

Beassie says, "I feel I bring a different perspective because I have actually faced the same torment and emotions that the girls are experiencing."

Sharing a first-hand perspective allows students to better relate to the message, she said, and makes the program more effective.

"It also gives unique insight to educators, youth serving professionals, volunteers and parents," she said. "I tell my story, which so many girls can relate to."

The Clinton Public School District says that Beassie will share a 20-minute DVD and do interactive exercises with students.

"I created ‘Mean Girls Aren't Cool' when I was in the ninth grade and have presented it to more than 70,000 students in Mississippi and across the country," she said.

According to Clinton Public School District, Beassie is now 22, married, a college student and a new mother of a little girl.

She is a resource on the Mississippi Attorney General's "Fear Stops Here" anti-bullying Web site,

She also helped lobby for the law that now requires all public schools in Mississippi to have anti-bullying policies.

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