Anti bullying resolution passed at Paducah City Commission meeting

PADUCAH, KY (KFVS) - Paducah Mayor and Commissioners adopted a resolution supporting anti-bullying foundations, initiatives, and programs within the City of Paducah and McCracken County.

The joint resolution was signed by the City of Paducah, the McCracken County Fiscal Court, the Paducah Human Rights Commission and the Guess Anti-Bullying Foundation.

"What it does is increase awareness in the community, and as leaders it shows we won't accept this behavior," said Mayor Gayle Kaler.

Commissioners Allan Rhodes and Richard Abraham shared stories about how they each were bullied as kids.

"Anything we can do to support this effort is worthwhile because I've been there," Abraham said.

The resolution states having civil, peaceful, and safe schools, businesses, and other community environments are necessary for the well-being, health, happiness, and productivity of individuals. Also, the reasonable expectation is that people treat others the way they would want to be treated. The resolution asks that local educational organizations, businesses, and other organizations and agencies work to prevent bullying through education, training and the implementation of policies and procedures.

Mayor Kaler plans to appoint an anti-bullying task force in conjunction with Judge-Executive Van Newberry within the next few weeks. The task force will study ways to prevent and combat bullying in the area.

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