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Pat McMahon

Back-to-school can mean back to bullies

Has school started already for your kids?

A lot of Arizona moms and dads have already invested in a new backpack, new back-to-school outfits with room to grow and a feeling that this will be the best year ever.

One more addition, if I might make a suggestion. Cut out a piece of heavy paper the size of a bumper sticker and attach it to a prominent part of your car so that other drivers can read these words: "My child is a bully at Selman Middle School."

Obviously, the name of the school is up to you and the rest of the message is recommended only if it accurately applies to your child.

If you are now saying "not my kid," you may be exactly the parent this is intended for. School is not for the strong versus the weak or the predator stalking the victim.

If your son or daughter tells you, any time, that they don't want to go back to school again, chances are it's because of fear. That's when you immediately demand to find out what kind of anti-bullying program is in place at that school. Or start one yourself.

Then you'll be a hero to your kid and everybody else.

I'm Pat McMahon

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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