Next ‘Dangers in Plain Sight’ session set for Nov. 8

Published 10:11 am Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Clark County residents will soon learn about the dangers of social media at an upcoming event.

The second of a three-part series kicks off at 6 p.m. Nov. 8 at Bluegrass Community and Technical College, 2020 Rolling Hills Lane.

Clark County Agency for Substance Abuse Policy (ASAP) and BCTC have partnered together to present “Dangers in Plain Sight,” a three-part community education awareness series for K-12 parents and guardians in an effort to educate and bring awareness to the crucial issues of drugs, social media, and bullying and school   violence that affect youth and community. Ramsey Flynn also helped to coordinate the events.

Flynn brought the idea for the series to the ASAP board after attending a presentation on the “Drugs Hidden in Plain Sight “in Madison County as part of a Leadership Central Kentucky training session. The conversations at the On the Table forums throughout the community in the spring also inspired some of the topics for the series, Flynn said.

“All of the topics are tied together,” he said.

Melissa Stocker, the ASAP board coordinator, said the series received two grants from the Greater Clark Foundation and the Clark County Community Foundation as well as numerous donations and sponsors to help make the series possible.

“We’ve had citizens, individuals and businesses, both contribute to this because everyone realizes the issues that are affecting our community,” Stocker said.

All sessions begin with a free dinner at 5:15 p.m. with the learning session starting at 6:15 p.m. Various groups will also set up tables to share information.

Kentucky State Police Public Affairs Officer Robert Purdy will present the second session.

Flynn said after talking with Clark County Public School Superintendent Paul Christy, he learned the breadth of issues social media causes within the district.

The social media session will also be a large part of the bullying session in January.

Stocker said she hopes parents and guardians who attend the sessions will become more aware of what their children are doing online.

Flynn said they plan to continue the series next year. For people who missed the first session or cannot attend future meetings, the presentations are available on Channel 5 or DVD.

“If we can educate the parents and the guardians about things they should be looking for, and what they can do to help because it is going to take a community to help with all of these issues,” Stocker said. “By providing the series … we hope to educate, spread the work and keep the community and the people safe.”

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