The Savannah Chatham County Public School System Student Affairs Department hosted a forum Tuesday morning to discuss bullying and truancy.
Educators and parents came together to talk about how to prevent these problems, which are often the result of one another. Dr. Quentina Miller Fields, with SCCPSS, urges parents to listen to their children and have open dialogue daily. She says sometimes kids will not be forthcoming, but parents need to try to get the information out to ensure their students are going to school feeling protected.
WTOC spoke with one student in Richmond Hill about her experiences with bullying. Danielle Gerner says her daughter was targeted in schools because she's in a wheelchair. Jenna Gerner explains how she finally confronted her bullies and her mother gives some advice to parents going through a similar situation.
"I stood up for myself, I said I've had enough, this is not going to go anywhere else because I had enough and it's going to stop right now," Jenna Gerner said.
"Always listen to your children, always. Of course there are going to be half truths so find out exactly what is going on, get involved," Danielle Gerner said.
Jenna Gerner says she feels safe and comfortable at school now, but still wants to continue to spread the anti-bullying message.