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Toledoans speaking out against bullying at March 26 talk

Nearly one in three students are bullied during a school year, but more than half of those students don’t seek help. The University of Toledo Anti-bullying Task Force is working to change that.

Jamera White, shown here in family photos, committed suicide at age 12 because of bullying.

Jamera White, shown here in family photos, committed suicide at age 12 because of bullying.

The task force invited speakers Mary Wilson and Jeremy White to present “Sticks and Stones Will Break Your Bones and Words Can Certainly Kill: What We Have Learned from the Loss of Jamera White” Thursday, March 26, at noon in Student Union Room 2584.

In January 2014, 12-year-old Jamera White committed suicide because of bullying related to her diabetes. Her father, Jeremy, found her in bed where she overdosed on her diabetes medication. She had indicated online via social media that she was planning suicide.

Her father and great-aunt, Wilson, are sharing their story and encouraging others to prevent bullying.

The free, public talk will be sponsored by the UT Anti-bullying Task Force, UT Police and the President’s Lecture Series on Diversity.

For more information, contact Dr. Lisa Pescara-Kovach, UT associate professor of education, at lisa.kovach@utoledo.edu.

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