By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen
Stephanie Gargiulo

Month of October as Bullying Prevention Month

Stephanie Gargiulo, a native from Snellville, is honored and humbled that her proclamation request for Governor John Nathan Deal declaring the month of October as Bullying Prevention month has been approved. During the month of October, the C.B.A Foundation, I have Capabilities NOT Disabilities and other organizations will join together to raise awareness about this issue.  

Bullying can negatively impact a student’s access to education and lead to a decrease in academic achievement. It has been proven that students with disabilities are more often targeted for bullying than other students. Bullying of anyone can lead to physical and mental health problems such as headaches, low self-esteem and anxiety. 

Gargiulo, has recently reached out to some students at Kennesaw State University and asked them why this month is important to them. “Having autism, I feel as if I am not heard. Sometimes it can cause a misunderstanding and bullying. Bullying Prevention month is important to promote because it informs others of how their actions can affect those around them”, said Andrew Clyde Sheehan.   Another student, Mark Mosely, stated, “I am a combat Vet who has Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome and many physical and mobile disabilities.  I was once a Duke University Tip Scholar and was taking college courses in 8th grade.  I think differently, I am a logical thinker. It sets me apart and I am sometimes bullied.”  

Participate in Unity DAY by wearing orange on October 22nd. For more information about other events, please visit www.thecbafoundation.com website or the I have Capabilities NOT Disabilities Facebook page. Together, let’s make a difference and be a part of this movement.

Stephanie graduated from Brookwood High School where she was Buster the Mascot.  She attends Kennsesaw State University and Southern Polytechnic State University pursuing an Industrial Engineering in Apparel Textile Technology degree.