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Local judge's anti-bullying message

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A local judge continues to make strides in bully prevention. Judge Doug Flanagan of Columbia County Youth Detention Center spoke at a bullying seminar Monday at Euchee Creek Library.  

Officials from the Columbia County Detention Center began the anti-bullying efforts four years ago by going out into the community targeting parents and children

"I tell all parents, pay attention to your children, listen to your children. You're the first line of defense keeping your child from using drugs, or getting in trouble, or becoming a victim of bullying," said Judge Flanagan.

Thinking before acting is just one of the many messages representatives from the center wanted to send to parents and children to prevent bullying.

Judge Flanagan even explained the importance of ‘The Golden Rule,' treat others the way you want to be treated. However, preventative measures do not protect everyone.

"When your child is depressed or having trouble going to school, as a parent you need to know why and if it's because of something at school, you need to take the steps to protect your child," said Judge Flanagan.

Advice one parent is taking advantage of.

"I don't feel like my child is safe at school, I don't know what else to do but I want to protect my child," said Nikkia Rogers.  

Rogers came to the bullying seminar to find some answers after her daughter showed signs that she may be a victim of bullying. 

"She had bleeding from her head; she had a scratch on her head and had scratches on the side of her face," said Rogers.  

"We do hear a lot that some of the parents that some of the schools are not as responsive as they should be," said Judge Flanagan. "I explained to those parents that sometimes a phone call is not what's needed, it's to actually go to the school, make an appointment, see the school officials and find out what's going on with your child," said Judge Flanagan.  

Judge Flanagan told FOX54, cyber bullying is the most common among juveniles. He recommends parents to take away cell phones at night. However, one of the biggest ways to prevent bullying is for parents to spend quality time with their children.

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