Hillsborough County Bully Busters Bus Benches
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09/25/09 Joshua Lee Holton
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Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay hosted a press conference today promoting a program to stop bullying in Hillsborough county schools. Near Lowry Park Zoo, representatives of participating organizations exhibited a bench from their new campaign.

Crimestoppers has partnered with the outdoor bench advertising company Metrobench to promote the Hillsborough County’s Bully Buster Program. Using bus bench advertising, this cooperative effort hopes to stop bullying in its tracks. Funding was made possible by a grant from the Crime Stoppers Trust Fund Program, which is managed by the Office of the Attorney General, Bill McCollum, and a donation from Metrobench, according to Crime Stoppers. Coordinator Lisa Haber.Haber, says that funding comes from the Crime Stoppers trust fund for 25 benches, which was matched by Metrobench who donated 25 benches.

According to Hillsborough County Commissioner Rose Ferlita, Jan MacCleod was key in getting funding for the program. McCleod is a criminal justice specialist for the Hillsborough Board of County Commissions.

This program acts as a means to address cyber bullying, which has led some young teens to receive threats, and has troubled others enough to lead them to commit suicide. According to iSafe.org, 42% of kids have been bullied while online. One in four have had it happen more than once. Hillsborough County Commissioner Rose Ferlita talks about how students can respond anonymously through calls and text messaging through the program.

Lisa Haber says that Crime Stoppers already has benches all over the community that show the various programs that they promote using bus bench crime prevention.

Haber says she has already received calls from bully busters, but maintains the privacy of the specific cases.

To learn more, see http://crimestopperstb.com or http://roseferlita.com/press.

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Metro Bench is a Money Making Scheme

Does anyone really think bus bench advertising is going to stop cyber bullying? Metro Bench was supposed to donate profits to help civic organizations. Metro Bench claims costs to maintain the benches have sky rocketed and that's why chapters like the Tampa Jaycees only get around 10k per year from the program. Where does Metro Bench get the money to donate 25 benches if costs are so high? Sounds fishy too me!!!

Benches

I think it will help encourage people to solve crimes.