GURNEE – Officer Tami Martin, education specialist for Gurnee Police Department, visited CARE, Gurnee Park District’s before and after-school program Feb. 21 to shine light on bullying and how to stop it from occurring.
Bullied herself, Martin looked to a career that would help serve and protect others. With experience as a high school police officer, Martin developed a passion for prevention.
“I want children to know that they aren’t alone,” Martin said in a news release. “Many of us who are now adults had an escape when we went home, but because of social media, it follows them there.”
With a goal to empower children to prevent bullying, Martin had children share why they are a star. This allowed them to focus on their strengths in order to build themselves up as well as help others, according to the release.
According to stopbullying.gov, adults, children, teachers and community leaders can help prevent bullying through open communication. Similar to Martin’s outreach, adults can help prevent bullying with focus on encouragement, concentrating on a child’s passion and embracing what is means to be a role model.