An anti-bullying program tonight at Spring Forge Intermediate School aims to educate parents on the warning signs of bullying, both on and off school grounds.
Devin Moyer, principal at Spring Forge, said the school has partnered with the Byrnes Health Center to give parents access to experts in the field. Parents will be given tips and strategies to support children who are being bulled at school or online.
Moyer said the program is part of the school's efforts to educate the community about harmful behaviors: There will be further parent sessions later in the school year about drugs and other issues affecting students' health.
Moyer said the school is not holding the information session because of any large concern of bullying in the building. But, he said, it helps to have parents on board to make sure any instances of bullying are handled correctly.
"Anybody who says bullying doesn't exist in their school is a fool," Moyer said.
Moyer said he hopes the program will foster conversations between parents, the Byrnes Center personnel and his administration.
Spring Forge Intermediate is part of the Northeastern School District.
The program will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the Spring Forge Intermediate School, 100 S. Hartman St. in Manchester.