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Back-to-school 'Bully Defense Class' to be held in Kirksville

(MGN Online)

Bullying.

It's an epidemic that's worldwide. It occurs in our communities, in our schools, and even in our homes.

One heartland organization is trying to prevent the catastrophic events that come from bullying right in time for back-to-school.

According to Twila Schuler, instructor at Rising Son Karate in Kirksville, she says each day during the school year at least 160,000 kids stay at home because they are afraid of facing a bully at school.

Schuler says she wanted to do something to encourage kids grades K-12 and give them confidence to have a "command presence" so they will be less of a soft target.

"I really feel strongly about it because a lot of kids, we like to think things are not as bad as they are but when bullying drives kids even to a younger and younger age each year to wanting to commit what we call "bullycide" -- that's when something has to be done before it even gets that far, that they would have to think of those things."

This is a free workshop that's meant for kids in the community to take a 90 minute class to learn how to present themselves when handling a bully situation.

Parents are strongly encouraged to attend as well.

This class will take place Saturday, August 12 and 19 at Rising Son Karate at its new location, 119 W. Potter Avenue, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

If you are interested in having a child attend this class, you can message Twila on Facebook or call at 573-470-5425.

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