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NORMAN, Okla. – As part of a new citywide anti-bullying awareness effort, nationally recognized motivational speaker Wes Moore will be featured at a community-wide event in Norman at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 3, at the Nancy O’Brian Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Norman North High School. Admission will be free.

Wes Moore was invited to address Norman citizens by a group of city and community leaders who have been working to launch an anti-bullying effort in the community.

The group has been meeting for a year and includes Norman Police Chief Keith Humphrey, Norman schools Superintendent Dr. Joe Siano and others who wished to tackle bullying as the broad community, workplace and school issue that it is.

“It seems like every time we turn on the news or pick up a newspaper, there is a tragic story about someone who has been bullied and either harms themself or others as a response to the bullying,” said Bob Thomas, executive director of The Xenia Institute. “Bullying happens on a daily basis in schools, businesses and neighborhoods in communities around the country. It is a common thread that runs through communities and we decided we wanted to actively take a stand to better understand and address that challenge in Norman.”

In addition to hearing from Wes Moore, the Dec. 3 event will provide a panel of community leaders to respond to questions about bullying, and the evening will be geared to both students and adults of all ages.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.