Parents Speak Up About Bullying in Dekalb's Schools | Community Spirit
Dekalb County, GA-- (submitted by Latasha Walker)
Parents, Students and Community Activists will unite not only to commemorate the death of Jaheem Herrera but to also come together on the last day of Bullying Awareness Month in DeKalb County Schools. The press conference will convene at the site where Jaheem Herrera was bullied within the DeKalb County School System at 1:00 PM, MONDAY, JANUARY 31st AT DUNAIRE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, 651 SOUTH INDIAN CREEK DRIVE, STONE MOUNTAIN, GEORGIA.
With Anti-Bullying Awareness Month in DeKalb County Schools drawing to a close, the Mother of Jaheem Herrera wanted to be sure that her son’s memory is never forgotten. “Even though Senate Bill 250 was amended in March of last year and strengthened the previous bullying law, we are finding that bullying continues to be a problem in schools, especially within the the Dekalb County School system” said Latasha Walker child/community advocate and co-founder of the parent based advocacy group ABC(Advocates on Behalf of Children). DeKalb County school system leads entire metro Atlanta area in bullying cases with a total of 696 cases for the 2009-2010 academic year. Jaheem’s death prompted Rep. Mike Jacobs, R-Atlanta, to sponsor amendments to the state’s previous bullying law, which also became effective this month. “It’s a tragedy that DeKalb County still hasn’t acknowledged that my son was bullied at Dunaire, this school system has failed me and every parent but not being truthful about the events leading up to my son’s death. I have unfounded proof that my son was indeed bullied along with his peers at that school”, said Masika Bermudez, Jaheem’s mother.
Many, in addition to Masika Bermudez, are scheduled to speak at Monday’s press conference: Yeiralis Bermudez (Jaheem’s sister), Community Activist, Tim Franzen of the American Friends Service Committee, Gerald Rose of New Order Human Rights Organization, Rev. Dr. Monique McMiller (son also attended Dunaire), Annette Davis Jackson (former Dekalb Parent/School System employee, ABC co-founder), Latasha Walker (ABC, co-founder/Dekalb Parent) and Tremeka Williams (founder of Mother’s With Voices), John Evans President of NAACP (Dekalb chapter), Rep. Mike Jacobs and MACE chairman, Dr. John Trotter were also invited to attend.