The campaign tour continued with an anti-bullying awareness rally at the Wellness Depot Monday at which Dr. Catherine Rojas, Georgia College coordinator of outreach services and counselor, and Officer Jeff Miller of Georgia College Department of Public Safety enlightened those in attendance about bullying in relation to the college campus. A breakout session followed with representatives from various school organizations and Greek life sharing the impact of bullying related to their group’s mission. Organizations represented included Delta Zeta, Alpha Delta Pi, Theta Chi, Pi Kappa Alpha, Gamma Sigma Sigma, Pride Alliance, Black Student Alliance, Sequins and Smiles, Empower, Student Government Association and Diversity Peer Educators. Southern-style foods were donated by KFC, Piggly Wiggly, Georgia Bob’s and Kroger.
“I hope students take away three points from [this rally]. I hope students recognize bullying behavior and if they are the ones being the bully, they would think and stop it. If they’re being bullied, then they will speak up; and hope they pass along information to their younger brothers, sisters and cousins to spread the message about appropriate behavior,” Rojas said at the rally before speaking about cyber bullying and the impact of social media. “Relational and emotional aggression is just as damaging as hitting someone. People don’t realize that what you say can be damaging or even illegal.”
“We’ve gotten so conditioned to this type of stuff and people just don’t see it as a crime. We get a lot of terroristic threats, and Facebook and cellphones are the top-leading problems for bullying,” Miller added. “I hope these students get a good grip before they get in our hands.”
The mass communication students plan to visit the local Boys & Girls Club at 3 p.m. today and conclude the tour Thursday with an assembly for Early College students and parents in the Peabody Auditorium from 9:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.