Bully seminar given to students in Fayette County

Local - 10/29/2013 4:31 PM by Joe Hellriegel
FAYETTEVILLE - Monday a retired Pennsylvania Police Chief gave cyber bullying and social media seminars to school officials. Tuesday he talked to the students.

"It's nothing to mess around with," said 10th Grader at Oak Hill High School, Logan Light.

The internet can be a scary place, especially when it comes to bullying, sexting and predators.

"Really the dangers of the internet as far as what they are posting, the pictures their posting, texting the post and try to emphasize the fact that whatever they post it's public and it's permanent," said retired Pennsylvania Police Chief Jim Holler.

Holler came to Fayette County to teach students about the dangers of posting private information.

"A lot of times we get on these sites and they all have privacy policies and the kids, especially if their younger, with Snapchat or any of the other media social media programs like Facebook is that their private but the thing with the internet is that they're not."

Oak Hill and Fayetteville students listened as Holler gave examples of kids their age being charged with a felony for bullying and sexting.

It's the students that walk these halls that say they didn't realize how much of this information really is permanent."

"Just the whole thought of everything being out there, nothing private. That's crazy, it's something I've never thought of," said Light.

"A lot of people don't realize what can really happen," said Fayetteville senior Morgan Hurley. "A lot of people don't realize with Snapchat how big that is and people are into it, they are out there, even on the privacy policies says it's out there but the kids don't realize that so everybody really needed to hear it and it's informative."

Now that they are informed, the students say they want something done.

"People kill themselves over it everyday, and it's something that shouldn't happen, it needs to stop," said Light.

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