Aberdeen School Resource Officer Chris Dobbins talks to Belle-Shivers Middle School eighth-graders Friday about the dangers of bullying.

ABERDEEN – Belle-Shivers Middle School students went through a two-part training program last week to learn about the negative effects of bullying. Led by school resource officer Chris Dobbins, and assisted by other members of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, students learned about the consequences of verbal abuse, spreading rumors and cyberbullying, as examples.

Deputy Lee Johnson said he arrests 10 to 12 adults weekly due to threats they make, which he said is punishable by as many as three to five days in jail. Dobbins said there are four Mississippi state laws in place pertaining to bullying.

Students did a skit to illustrate how bullying at school could lead to someone committing suicide. As an incentive for students to interact with the questions, Yeti tumblers were given away. A Yeti cooler will also be given to the winner of an essay contest. Johnson noted Southern Crossing Outfitters in Amory offered discounts on the Yeti products, which county deputies provided.

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