The Kentucky Educational Television (KET) Health Three60 series begins its third season Wednesday night at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time/8:00 p.m. Central time. A grant from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky makes the KET series possible.
Wednesday night's episode is titled "When Children Are Cruel." It explores the impact of bullying on school-age children. "Bullying happens because we allow it to happen. It's as simple as that," says Paducah resident Susan Guess. Guess and her daughter Morgan became citizen leaders in the anti-bullying movement in Kentucky after Morgan was bullied at school. Their tireless efforts, including establishing a Foundation to support anti-bullying efforts, will be highlighted in the program.
The program also features Dr. Dorothy Edwards, founder and executive director of Green Dot, a violence prevention strategy tailored for all age groups. To provide clinical expertise, KET host Renee Shaw welcomes special guest Dr. Chris Peters, director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training Center at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, and Karen McCuiston, director of the Resource Center at the Kentucky Center for School Safety (housed at Murray State University), who share the latest in statewide school initiatives to reduce the incidence of bullying.
Statistics remind us that the consequences of bullying: over 160,000 kids nationwide miss school every day because of the fear of being bullied, and by the age of 25, 1 in 5 bullies will spend time in jail.