Anti-bullying group asks for council’s support

By Kimberly Gasuras -

Members of the newly formed local group, WAG (We Are Galion Tigers), wants the community to join their cause to help combat bullying in the area and asked for support from the Galion City Council during their regular meeting Tuesday evening.

Shawna Bates said a local girl seriously injured during a fight last week was sticking up for a friend who had been bullied to the point of attempting suicide.

“Our hope is to join with the schools, businesses, parents, teachers and children to provide a safe place for victims of bullying,” Bates said.

Bates said one of her goals is to have stickers for local businesses to place on their windows or doors so if someone is being bullied, they will know where their safe havens are to get help.

Council member Dr. Thomas Fellner said he would definitely put a decal in the window of his dentist office and will help support the group’s cause.

Council president Carl Watt said council will take the group’s information under advisement.

Council voted to approve a routine ordinance as an emergency for a housing administration agreement that needed to be approved by Jan. 31. Council also voted to approve the second reading of the rezoning of Hesby Drive from historical residential to general commercial in the north and southeast corners.

Several other ordinances were approved for the first reading including one that will allow tattooing in the city to be governed by the state’s revised code and another that will set the city’s power cost adjustment for electric rates.

The next council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on March 22.

By Kimberly Gasuras

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