Auburn Honors Top Antibullying Advocate Attorney Gerald Griggs

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ATLANTA - Aug. 17, 2014 - PRLog -- Being an “upstander” rather than a “bystander” in bullying situations requires courage and risk, but individuals or groups who take the initiative to be “upstanders” -those people whom we describe as Anti-Bullying Heroes--become an impetus for change in schools and communities.  The Hero Awards were presented at Auburn University’s Fourth Annual National Anti-Bullying Summit June 26-27, 2014 in Peachtree City, Georgia.  The Summit was sponsored by Auburn’s Office of Professional and Continuing Education and by the Truman Pierce Institute in the College of Education.

Mr. Gerald Griggs, Community Leader


DeKalb County, Georgia

Attorney Gerald Griggs has worked for many years providing anti-bullying advocacy and education throughout the United States, from his base in Decatur, Georgia.   In 2011, he was a featured speaker at the second annual National Federal Partners in Bullying Summit in Washington D.C.   For the past three years, he has visited Metro Atlanta School Systems with the Hot 107.9 “Bullying is not Hot” Tour, spreading the anti-bullying message. In 2009,  following a high profile case in which a bullied student committed suicide, Mr. Griggs began to lobby the Georgia General Assembly to strengthen Georgia’s Bullying law.    With support from state senator Mike Jacobs and other legislative advocates, Georgia’s Anti-bullying law was changed in 2011 to include all primary grades, age appropriate sanctions, and transfer of students after a third bullying incident.  This made Georgia’s Anti-Bullying law one of the toughtest in the nation at that point. Mr. Griggs has hosted town hall meetings and has appeared on local and national qcpkw radio shows to discuss the need for anti-bullying initiatives and victim advocacy.   He also educates students about their rights about how not to be a bystander but to uplift the victim and stop the bully.

Auburn University is proud to acknowledge the tireless work of Gerald Griggs in the field of Anti-Bullying. It further recognizes Griggs as one of the leading expert in the field of Anti-bullying legislation and community engagement around this important issue in American Society.

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1550 Scott Blvd Decatur, Ga 30033
(404) 633-6590

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