Panel discussion concludes Violence/Bullying symposium

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A panel of law enforcement officers, a judge, and an educator took part in a discussion Wednesday which wrapped up a first-ever seminar on school violence, gangs and bulllying at the Lake Terrace Convention Center.

County and Youth Court judge Mike McPhail, Hattiesburg Police captain Ricky Myers, Lamar County sheriff Danny Rigel, and Oak Grove Upper Elementary School principal Donna Rigel spoke on the issue and also took questions from an audience.

The discussion was part of the inaugural Building Resistance and Resiliency to Violence, Defiant Groups and Bullying Symposium. The two-day conference was designed to help students, teachers, parents, social workers and law enforcement officers.

It was sponsored by the Professional Development and Educational Outreach at Southern Miss.

Event organizers and panel members agreed that intervention is key to stopping bullying and school violence.

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