Nova Scotia

Sydney mom plans anti-bullying conference

A Sydney mother of three is rallying the community to find ways to stop bullying.

A Sydney mother of three is rallying the community to find ways to stop bullying.

Megan Farrell is organizing a provincial conference on bullying. The first planning meeting was held Thursday night.

Farrell, youth program co-ordinator for the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council, has big plans for the conference.

She said they would like to have Rev. Jesse Jackson come if they can't get TV host Anderson Cooper.

"We've already contacted his booking agent so we're in talks there," Farrell said.

Farrell said the conference would be a chance for lawmakers, educators, health workers and others to devise new ways to combat bullying.

About 30 people attended Thursday's planning session in Sydney.

Bev Taylor said a bully continues to pick on his son.

"They kick him out for a week," Taylor said. "He comes back and he's even angrier so he grabs my kid and beats him again. This has gone on and on and on."

Farrell hopes to hold the conference in the spring. She said there will be a number of planning meetings over the next few months.

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