Assemblyman Michael A. Montesano is joined by, from left, assemblymen Tom McKevitt (R,C,I-EastMeadow) and David McDonough (R,C,I-Merrick) for a June 11 event examining the dangers of school bullying. A picture of Phoebe Prince, the 15-year-old who committed suicide as a result of online and school bullying, stands in the background. Princes death sparked a nationwide outcry against bullying at schools.
Assemblyman Michael A. Montesano (R,I,C-Glen Head) joined other members of the Assembly Minority Task Force on Crime in Our Communities on June 11 at a forum designed to increase awareness and share techniques to address bullying abuse in Nassau County schools and elsewhere. The legislators gathered at Merrick Library were joined by members of the Nassau County Police Department as well as school officials and members of organizations promoting awareness of bullying.
A school should be a place of safety for young people, said Montesano. Bullying both in person and online turns the classroom into a war zone for some students. We are just beginning to understand the long-term psychological effects bullying can have on its victims. It should not take another national tragedy to wake us up to this destructive phenomenon.