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JU Sociology Club’s anti-bullying efforts spotlighted in Folio Weekly

An April 9 Folio Weekly article on bullying spotlighted the Jacksonville University Sociology Club’s efforts to bring attention to the isssue.

Folio reported on the club screening the documentary, “Bully,” and hosting a discussion that drew about 300 community members and students March 13.

“It was very powerful,” club President Kyla Wade told Folio Weekly “Everyone was moved that night.”

Folio reported that Florida law defines bullying as “systematically and chronically inflicting physical hurt or psychological distress to one or more students” and “ay include teasing, social exclusion, threat, intimidation, stalking, physical violence, theft, public humiliation, destruction of property and sexual, religious or racial harassment.”

JU sociologist Heather Downs

The article also quoted Sociology Club Secretary Sarah Wilson and sociology Professor Heather Downs, and noted that about 25 JU students participated in Atlantic Coach High School Challenge Day activities, discussing bullying and cliques.

“I wanted to raise awareness. Some of the schools have put it under the table, saying ‘It’s not a problem,’ ” Wilson said in the article, which chronicles the experiences of a Jacksonville man who was bullied as a teenager and now owns a local martial arts academy.

Here is the entire Folio Weekly article.