Bullying, texting, school expulsion on agenda for community awareness forum


The first of two Juvenile Justice/Community Awareness Forums scheduled for this school year will be held Thursday, Nov. 11 at Sandy Creek High from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The theme for the forum is “What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You.” Discussion topics include school expulsion, bullying and cyber bullying, and texting while driving. All eighth grade and high school students and their parents are encouraged to attend to receive important information on many hot-button legal issues facing teens. The event is free and open to the public.

A panel of juvenile judges and attorneys, heads of law enforcement, and school officials will lead the discussion. Panelists include Judge Karen Calloway, juvenile court judge; Attorney Jackie Patterson, juvenile law; Judge Deidre Burney Butler, juvenile court judge; Tyrone Police Chief Brandon Perkins; Fayette County Sheriff Wayne Hannah; Coordinator of School Safety and Discipline, CW Campbell; School Resource Officer, David McNaughton (Sandy Creek High); and Sandy Creek High School Principal, Roy Rabold.

There will be plenty of time for a question and answer session. Also, the book, “Ignorance Is No Defense,” by J. Tom Morgan, will be available for purchase.

The second Juvenile Justice/Community Awareness Forum will take place in April. Discussion topics, as well as a date, time and location will be announced in the future.