“You can see bullying at church with youth ministry,” McLean said. “They aren’t getting it from nowhere, they are getting it from parents.”
For law enforcement, Kevin Hammond with Carroll County Sheriff’s Office talked about the documentary and what it helped him realize.
“It helped me bring the pieces together,” Hammond said. “We’re seeing it from a different perspective.”
Hammond said law enforcement officers see things going on in the home that school officials may not be aware of. He suggested public bodies share information so that officers could notify school administrators of what they have seen.
Delphi Elementary principal Ana Ave said she was happy with the turnout.
“I’m thrilled to see this group here because teachers and principals can’t do it all,” Ave said.
Kristie Brule, a math interventionist in the Delphi school corporation, said she wants to see students get involved in the school and community.
Brule also talked about the importance of having at least one friend, which is brought up during the documentary, “REJECT.” The documentary shows the effects of ostracism and how being rejected can cause physical pain, which can lead to violence. Those painful emotions can be decreased by having at least one friend.
“If kids get involved, they will find that one person to be their friend,” Brule said.
After community leaders shared various perspectives, they discuss what actions can be taken in Carroll County. A few of the actions discussed included mentoring at-risk children, sharing resources between law enforcement and schools, making community resources widely known and providing education to adults in the community.
A few community leaders said it would be helpful to have a pamphlet or website of the available resources in Carroll County.
Ayres said she was overwhelmed with the ideas.
“I’m hearing things we can do as individuals and as a community,” Ayres said. “I see a grant. I see future forums. I see a lot of great ideas to work with.”