Written by Wendy Kreitzman Saturday, 19 October 2013 00:00
Recognizing the rising interest in, and prevention of bullying incidents among every segment of the population, young and old alike, the Village of Great Neck designated October 2012 as Anti-Bullying Awareness Month. Mayor Ralph
Kreitzman signed the proclamation at a September board of trustees meeting, with the proviso that this was a part of the village’s commitment to stand up against bullying and end the year-round struggle among America’s youth.
“Our goal will always be to provide a safe and well-rounded community for all of our residents,” said Mayor Kreitzman. “Unfortunately, many students across the country are bullied every day. Our goal in the village is to eliminate bullying and to increase awareness among parents and students about this serious issue and the negative effects it can have on everybody.”
Mayor Kreitzman signed the proclamation as part of The Sage Colleges’ region-wide “Stand UP for Character – DOWN to Bullying!” program. According to the initiative, communities across New York State are encouraged to implement and promote bullying prevention initiatives in schools, businesses and local community organizations.
Mayor Kreitizman told the Great Neck Record that he first heard of this initiative from former New York Conference of Mayors President John Mc Donald. Mc Donald addressed the issue of bullying in a statement to other state mayors, asking for their assistance in “spreading awareness of the pressures every student feels when it comes to bullying and its impact on our children, our schools and our communities.” And he sent the villages a sample resolution.
For further information regarding bullying and the village’s response, contact the Village of Great Neck at 516 482-0019 or log onto www.greatneckvillage.org.