ALBANY, GA (WALB) - October is National Bullying Prevention Month and one Albany mother is raising awareness with two upcoming events
Tawanda Taylor is a mother as well as an area therapist who discusses bullying on a daily basis.
"I'm approached by some of my clients daily about the issues that they're enduring while they're at school or at home and a lot of my clients are the actual bullies," Taylor told WALB News 10.
So due to her occupation, Taylor has the opportunity to learn about bullying from both viewpoints.
Taylor said there are a number of reasons as to why someone may choose to bully others.
"They feel like in order to take the spotlight off of their negativity within themselves…they choose to either be the class clown or either get bragging rights on making other people feel bad," Taylor added.
And sometimes bullying can have a severe impact on the victims.
"There are those children who feel like they want to end their lives and won't tell anyone," Taylor said.
While researching bullying prevention, Taylor decided to organize a couple of South Georgia events to help spread awareness on the issue.
On Tuesday, October 25, 2016, there will be a Bully Awareness Day at Westover High School.
Starting at 7:30 a.m., parents, school officials, members of the Albany Police Department, and others will be out at the high school discussing bullying prevention.
Taylor said it's important to encourage others to speak up when themselves or others are being bullied by others.
Then on Saturday, October 29, 2016, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., there will be a youth rally at the Thomas & Son Building at 113 McLaughlin Street in Pelham.
The rally will feature speakers, vendors, performers, and a few prizes.
Taylor said the support from the community has been great and she hopes to continue raising awareness in the future.
For more information on the events or how you can help, contact Taylor at (229) 886-6834.