Class teaches anti-bullying techniques

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) North Myrtle Beach held a free seminar Saturday to teach children and their parents how to stand-up to bullies.

Karate Instructor Chris Greene taught the seminar at the J. Floyd Community Center from 9:00a.m. until 10:30a.m. Greene focused on the importance that a child tell someone if he/she is the victim of bullying.

"Tell it, tell it and tell it some more. If danger comes, walk away from the danger," Greene said.

About two dozen parents and their children attended the class.  Along with teaching self-defense moves, Greene taught the importance of kids knowing their addresses and how to make a 9-1-1 phone call.

17-year-old Nidhi Gohil, now a black belt in karate said by learning the self-defense techniques, she is more self-confident than she used to be.

"It brought me out of my shell and it taught me a lot about putting myself out there and leadership and it built me up," Gohil said.

The National Education Association says about 160,000 children miss school everyday due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students.

"I think it's gotten worse than it used to be. You might not see it in the public, but behind closed doors, there's a lot of bullying going on," Gohil said.

Greene emphasized repeatedly the importance that a child seek help if he/she is the victim of bullying. Joan Fox said her daughter is now a black belt in karate and more self-confident than she used to be, but she said bullying is still a common problem that needs to be addressed more often.

"Today it's more the bullying becomes where the victim or the kid being bullied retaliates in a very dangerous manner because it's not being taken care of or addressed," Fox said.

According to the National Crime Prevention Council, one-third of all youth are bullied at least once a month and six out of ten American teens witness bullying at least once a day.

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