Tom ThelenBullying Prevention
In recognition of National Bullying Prevention Month, Laurel Springs School proudly hosted nationally recognized author and youth motivational speaker, Tom Thelen, as our October symposium guest speaker. Tom was bullied as a child, but thanks to one teacher, he learned how to break free from the bullying cycle. As an adult, Tom has spoken to over 500 schools with a message that teaches students how to overcome the victim mindset and how to respond to bullying.
During Tom’s presentation, students learned how to prevent bullying from the inside-out by incorporating positive character traits like respect, responsibility, and self-esteem. If we can encourage students to be good digital citizens and help them to build strong character, we can combat the issue of bullying head on. Teaching students to respect each other and be responsible for their actions – whether in a virtual or physical classroom setting –creates a positive and supportive learning environment for all students.