Llew O'Brien. Photo Patrick Woods / Sunshine Coast Daily.
Llew O'Brien. Photo Patrick Woods / Sunshine Coast Daily.

O’Brien calls on Gympie to join the fight against bullying

FEDERAL Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien has called on Gympie students, teachers and school leaders to be a part of the national movement to stand up to bullies next month.

Mr O'Brien said this week the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence, held on March 20, would present an opportunity to tackle a "growing concern" for students and families across Australia.

"I strongly encourage all schools in the Wide Bay to sign up and get involved on Friday, 20 March for the 10th National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence," Mr O'Brien said.

"We know that bullying, and cyber bullying, is a growing concern for students and families, with one in five young school students experiencing online bullying each year.

"The theme for this year's national day is Take Action Together to empower our school communities to unite with others and share ideas and actions to address bullying.

"Last year 72 schools and 22,706 students from Wide Bay took part in the national day of action and we want this year to be bigger and better.

"Participation in the National Day of Action also sends a strong message to our young people who may have been subjected to bullying that they are not alone and help is available."

For more information and to register your school visit www.bullyingnoway.gov.au.

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