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November 23, 2018

    In this issue.

  • Seven Dolors Church rededicated.
  • Bishop Vincke begins Masses of Healing.
  • Adoption celebration Mass scheduled No. 30 in Salina

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Free anti-bullying presentation Nov. 15 at. St. Mary Grade School in Salina

Salina — National best-selling author Jodee Blanco will present to multiple audiences in Salina about bullying. A 7 p.m. presentation Nov. 15 is free and open to the public at St. Mary Grade School, 304 E. Cloud, Salina. Blanco, whose book “Please Stop Laughing At Me” was published in 2002, speaks candidly about bullying she experienced as a student. She said it is important to address bullying head-on. “Without it, lives are certain to be lost,” she said. “This is a subject that not only needs to be addressed, it needs to live inside the heart of anyone who has a heart.”
 
She also published other books on bullying, including “Please Stop Laughing At Us,” “Please Stop Laughing At Me… Journal” and “Bullied Kids Speak Out: We Survived, How You Can Too.” Surprising as it might sound, Blanco said it’s essential to have compassion for the bully, in addition to the victim. “(Bullying) really is a cry for help,” Blanco said. “If we don’t address that cry, as long as the bully is hurting, they will continue to act out and hurt others until the cry is answered.”
 
She said it’s essential to have restorative, compassionate forms of discipline for those who bully, in addition to alternative social outlets and esteem-building opportunities for those who are bullied.” “The (Nov. 15 evening presentation) is not just for parents,” Blanco said. “It’s a healing event for parents and kids. Also, adult survivors of bullying will find healing, courage and a sense of their own grace.”
 
In addition to the Nov. 15 free parent/family seminar, Blanco will present to faculty of the Salina Diocese Nov. 16. She will also give three student presentations. For more information, please visit https://www.jodeeblanco.com