A public town hall meeting to discuss bullying will be held Tuesday night for residents in Cheatham County following the recent suicide of a local teen.
Eighteen-year-old Jacob Rogers, a senior at Cheatham County Central High School in Ashland City, died on December 7 because he was bullied in school, according to family and friends.
Tuesday's event is in response to requests from the community who wanted a safe place to talk, share feelings, thoughts and get more information about the issue of bullying.
It is the combined efforts of several Davidson County agencies that specialize in issues dealing with not only bullying but LGBT teens and legal and faith-based issues including the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network known as GLSEN, the Oasis Center and Holy Trinity Community Church.
“The intent is to be able to go into this particular setting and listen to young people and what they identify as being a need for them,” Pam Sheffer, program coordinator at Oasis Center, told Nashville's News 2.
Pastor Cynthia Andrews-Looper of Holy Trinity Community Church added, “We're just coming alongside them to say these are some things that have worked in our county, they may work in your county and if you think they would we certainly want to partner with you and help you get some things organized right here in Cheatham County.”
The group's collective goal is to honor Rogers' memory by taking positive steps to ensure that other young people do not feel isolated and hopeless for any reason.
“Part of what we want to do is remember Jacob in a positive way and one of the best ways to do that is to move forward with positive change,” Andrews-Looper continued.
“One of our top priorities is to make sure that people like Jacob or his classmates never get to that point of loneliness and isolation and rejection,” panelist Lisa Howe added.
Tuesday's meeting will be held at the Cheatham County Funeral Home on Elizabeth Street in Ashland City from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
It is open to anyone who lives in Cheatham County.
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