12/18/2013 4:16 PM
by Karen Franklin
FAYETTEVILLE - A Fayetteville police officer is taking it upon herself to stop bad behavior in kids before they form habits.
Patrolman Ty Hogan was at Fayetteville Elementary School Wednesday teaching sixth graders not to cyber-bully. The effects can hurt feelings and lead kids to depression, she told WOAY.
"I choose not to bully because I might hurt the people's feelings," sixth grader Kole Broach said.
Lauren Mankins is a fellow sixth grader.
"So you don't depress anyone, and you can be a good friend to them when they're having down days," she said. "If you're having a bad day, don't take it out on them."
Hogan is hoping that her lesson will make kids think twice about what they share online and how they treat others.
"I just like to be involved with the kids and kind of teach them at a younger age that way when they get to high school, they know what to do, and just so they try not to get in trouble once they get to an older age," Hogan said.
Hogan said she visits the school at least twice a month to talk to the kids about life lessons they may encounter.