Two FBI agents will be the featured speakers at a program on cyber bullying, Internet predators and drug awareness at A.W. Beattie Career Center in McCandless.
Special agents Tanya Evanina and Patrick Howley will talk to families, teachers and administrators about making responsible online choices at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the school at 9600 Babcock Blvd.
At 7:30 p.m., representatives from the Alliance for Safe & Drug Free Children will speak before opening the floor for questions.
Cyber bullying has become more prevalent in schools than traditional bullying, Beattie principal Wesley Kuchta said.
"Bullying has taken a new form," he said. "With social media playing a part in almost every one of our students' daily lives, it's a big, complicated mess."
Beattie serves students from nine school districts in the northern suburbs.
"Beattie is the perfect venue for an event like this because these issues affect everyone," Mr. Kuchta said, adding that so far bullying has not been a huge problem in the area. "Each district handles its own anti-bullying groups, but we're trying to be proactive, and we hope this will help prevent problems before they come into any of the schools. We also feel that it's important to share this information with the community."
Beattie plans to host future informational events for the community throughout the year, he said.
Jill Cueni-Cohen, freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org.