• Jack County Sheriff’s Deputy Parker Walden speaks to Perrin-Whitt Elementary School students at an anti-bullying rally Oct. 31. Photo/Trevor M. Wyatt
    Jack County Sheriff’s Deputy Parker Walden speaks to Perrin-Whitt Elementary School students at an anti-bullying rally Oct. 31. Photo/Trevor M. Wyatt

Perrin takes a seat against bullying

Perrin-Whitt CISD introduced a “buddy bench” at an anti-bullying rally at Perrin-Whitt Elementary School Oct. 31.

The buddy bench will be placed on the school playground in hopes a student in need of a friend will be able to use it. The student in need will sit on the bench until someone else comes and sits next to them.

Judy Williams, president of the Perrin-Whitt Parent Teacher Organization, said bullying is an epidemic and needs to be talked about. She said the PTO takes a strong stance against bullying and wanted to bring awareness to the students who may not know they are being bullied.

“Bullying is one of my pet peeves,” Williams said. “The PTO wanted to buy the buddy bench so that if a kid wanted someone they could sit there and say ‘Hey guys, I need a friend.”

The anti-bullying rally included skits from the Perrin Junior High School cheerleaders and speeches from elementary principal Teresa Mathis and Jack County Sheriff’s Deputy Parker Walden. 

Walden said much of his job is helping people who are feeling bullied and he hopes his speech brought insight to the students listening. He said the sheriff’s office came to remind students there is always a place to go when they are being bullied.

For more on this story, see the Wednesday, November 6 edition of the Jacksboro Herald-Gazette.

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