Monday’s Saline Community Jam Concert to build awareness around issues associated with bullying has been moved indoors.
The event, which begins at 5:30 p.m. and features a concert at 7 p.m., has moved from Hornet Stadium to the Saline High School Commons and Ellen A. Ewing Performing Arts Center due to cold weather in the forecast.
The Saline Community Jam includes games, booths, concessions, a program from anti-bullying expert Phil Chalmers and a concert from rap artist LG Wise.
Saline Area Schools assistant superintendent Steve Laatsch said the Saline Community Jam is part of an effort to unify all the district’s wellness and anti-bullying policies, such as No Place for Hate and the Power of 100.
“Our school social workers are helping to coordinate our district initiatives in this area so it all flows better and our kids keep hearing and participating in a similar message about the importance of treating each other with respect,” Laatsch said.
Does Saline have a bullying problem?
“I answer this question very consistently in that Saline is no different than the rest of our communities in that we do have some students who get picked on or are treated in a disrespectful manner. Is it excessive? Well, I would argue that even if it is a few students, than yes that is excessive,” Laatsch said. “We need to make sure that we work to support all of our students. They need to know that they have many resources and people to help them deal with any issues they are having in their lives."
The event is provided by Saline Area Schools with the assistance of Pittsfield Township Police.
Phil Chalmers is author of Inside the Mind of Teen Killer and The Encyclopedia of Teen Killers. According to his website, he has interviewed over 200 teen killers and school shooters, along with numerous serial killers, mass murderers, and sexual predators. His work has been featured on Montel Williams and Howard Stern and he has been on E! Network shows such as Billionaire Crime Scenes and Too Young to Kill.
Tran Longmoore is a veteran community journalist. He is founder and owner of TheSalinePost.com. He is co-publisher of The Saline Post weekly newspaper. Email him at [email protected] or call him at 734-272-6294.