Bullying is a community-wide issue. It must not be ignored, and it must not be thought of as a rite of passage, said Clovis East High School teacher Derrick Davis.
To address bullying, Davis will host the 5th annual Anti-Bully Walk and 5K Run on Saturday, May 14. While parents and educators can play a role in hindering bullies, students can be especially effective in bullying intervention, Davis said.
The walk was started five years ago by Clovis East student Rebekah Jeffries, who graduated in 2013.
“It was her personal mission to help others and to let people know that they are not alone.” Davis wrote in a news release. “She spoke up to defend those who could not.”
About 50 to 60 walkers gathered each year for the event. This year, Davis is adding the 5K run.
Check-in will begin at 7 a.m. at the Clovis East High School Track, 2940 Leonard Ave., Clovis. The 5K will begin at 7:30 a.m., with the walk following at 8:45 a.m.
Registration is open to the community. The Anti-Bully Walk has been a free event in the past, but this year organizers are asking for donations of any kind to help fund a scholarship to be given to one graduating senior. For a $25 donation, participants can receive an event T-shirt, while supplies last. For details, contact Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org or (559) 327-4000.