On September 7, 2018, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Samantha DeNegri and Detective Supervisor Patrick LaGuerre provided a presentation to the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students at Copeland Middle School in Rockaway Township. This program came to fruition through the request of Copeland Middle School’s principal, Alfonso Gonnella. Mr. Gonnella was eager to kick the 2018 school year off on a positive note.
The morning consisted of three different presentations, one for each grade level. SAP DeNegri and Det/Sup LaGuerre explained to the students what constitutes bullying and bias crimes, as well as the repercussions that may result from committing these acts. The importance of properly reporting and reacting to instances of bullying both in person and over the internet, was the main focus of the event. Students from each grade eagerly participated throughout the program by asking questions and providing examples of the scenarios discussed by SAP DeNegri and Det/Sup LaGuerre.
Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp said, “With the start of the 2018 school year, it is ever important to ensure that the students of Morris County are properly educated on the dangers of bullying and bias crimes. We believe that all students have the right to attend school each and every day without fear”.
Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Peter DiGennaro at [email protected] or 973-829-8159.