Bucksport forum focuses on personal violence

BUCKSPORT — A forum at Bucksport Middle School’s Performing Arts Center March 6 delievered a loud and clear message: Looking the other way is no longer an option when it comes to personal violence.

Whether it’s bullying, domestic violence or elder abuse, community members are being educated on how they can make a difference.

The forum — sponsored by Bucksport Bay Healthy Communities ׫— was designed to give residents information on how they could be either directly or indirectly influential in stopping the kinds of violence that in the past came with a “Don’t ask, don’t tell” approach.

The discussion is meant to bring communities together to increase awareness and possibly even put an end to any kind of violence.

Forum moderator Joy Hollowell, a news anchor and reporter for WABI-TV 5 in Bangor, opened the evening by noting that “No one can do it alone.”

A video presentation featured an Orono High School sophomore, Lexi Henkel, who had been the victim of bullying. In the video interview aired on Maine Public Broadcasting Network (MPBN), she described her experience. She also had some advice for others who might be in the same situation.

“Keep pushing through,” Henkel said. “It might not seem like anything will change, but there are people who believe in you. Everyone deserves to be happy.”

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Amanda Greenberg

Former Ellsworth American reporter Amanda Greenberg joined the staff in October 2012 after graduating from the University of Maine in Orono. Originally from Toronto, Ontario, Amanda moved to Maine when she was nine.