ALBANY COUNTY, N.Y. -- Albany County launched a campaign on bullying to raise awareness in the community.
Albany County Executive Dan McCoy spoke in front of students at Farnsworth Middle School about the negative effects of bullying.
For the past few months, service providers around the community have been part of the Bullying Prevention Task Force. The task force provides programs and training to students and faculty on ways to prevent bullying. It's an initiative that officials say is necessary to help kids feel safe.
"We wanted to get this message out there. Not just because it's Bullying Awareness Week, but we also wanted to say to people, look, you know what, if your parents get involved, your school district gets involved, your elected officials get involved, we can stop this," McCoy said.
The Albany County Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center, Equinox and The Pride Center of the Capital Region are some of the groups who partnered up for this cause.