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KASSON, MN — Technology and bullying can be a dangerous combination but one local group is looking to harbor discussion and provide tips for families looking for answers.
Members of St. John’s Lutheran church in Kasson, held a “Bullying in Our Midst” seminar where parents and young adults worked together to help combat teen bullying.
The event was open to the public and featured workshops on cyber bullying, bullying in church as well as an open discussion between teens and adults.
A discussion that one organizer says, can make all the difference.
“We don’t always know where to go or who’s a good voice to listen to and so through this event I was hoping to bring together a variety of people who both have expertise, have experiences with children, families, parents communities and can help through a ripple effect, create some change,” said Karen Gieseke, event coordinator.
They also heard from those who admitted to being bullies and said that often, bullying is something they do to get attention and can be a cry for help.
“Often times we forget that it is a relationship between two groups, the bullying and the person being bullied. Both are vulnerable and need our support,” said Karen.