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Panel warns Orange City residents about dangers of bullying

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A forum was held in Orange City, Iowa Thursday to warn people of the dangers of bullying. A forum was held in Orange City, Iowa Thursday to warn people of the dangers of bullying.
ORANGE CITY, Iowa (KTIV) - Recent national statistics show that 71% of students report bullying as an ongoing problem.

That trend is certainly evident in Siouxland, with the Sibley-Ocheyedan and Sioux City school districts dealing with recent incidents.

Thursday in Orange City, Iowa, steps were taken to educate people about the dangers of bullying.

A forum hosted by MOC-Floyd Valley and Unity Christian schools helped teach attendants all about bullying and its forms.
    
The main focus was to spread awareness - not just about bullying, but about how many types of bullying occur.

A four-member panel spoke to a group Thursday at Prairie Winds Event Center in Orange City.

The panel included counselors and educators from Orange City and Sioux Center, who touched on various forms of the problem including cyber bullying, sexual bullying, and bullying in schools.

They also shared their personal experiences with the problem.

One panelist, MOC-Floyd Valley guidance counselor Todd McDonald, said he was bullied in middle and high school, and that has influenced his desire to warn others about the problem.

"Back when I was in high school, nothing was really done about bullying or harassing people," said McDonald. "You didn't really tell anyone about it. It just happened and it wasn't fun. Lots of people have gone through that and still do."

The forum was the final "Circle of Support" session for the school year. The program educates people about issues facing youth today.
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