Dauphin County woman organizes anti-bullying rally

Written by Melanie Herschorn | Apr 20, 2011 8:08 AM

(Millersburg) -- An anti-bullying rally will take place next month in Dauphin County to honor a 17-year-old midstate girl who took her own life. Hundreds of kids and adults are expected to fill the gym at Grace United Methodist Church in Millersburg on May 6 for activities and discussions about bullying in school. Organizer Christine Lubinski was mobilized to take action in part, when she learned about Britney Tongel, a sophomore at Line Mountain High School in Herdon, Northumberland County, who committed suicide in February after being bullied. Lubinski says some people -- young and old -- will be able to attend the rally for healing purposes. "It's nice to know you're not the only person out there and that there's other people that you can bond with and you can do something. So I think there's a lot of different ways. Letting kids know that 'Hey, maybe you don't have the perfect life at home but there's other people out there that care about you and you're worth more than what you think you are,'"she says. Lubinski says Tongel's foster parents will be special guests at the event, which will include face painting, games and mentoring. The free rally is open to the public and begins at 6 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church gym and chapel, 982 Medical Road, Millersburg.

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