Mary Desmond Introduces Anti-Bullying Message
To Preston Trail Community Church
Frisco, Texas — Singer and songwriter Mary Desmond just finished “Hollywood Week” for “American Idol’s Final Season.” But there was another topic so important to her that she turned down other, similar offers like ‘Idol’ to attend to something she believes is more important.
Miss Desmond will introduce her anti-bullying message to middle and high school students at Preston Trail Community Church on Wednesday March 2, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. As she lost a friend to suicide caused by bullying, the topic is one she knows well.
Miss Desmond believes that the tragedy suffered by her friend is more heartbreaking because it was so preventable. “Bullying is an escalating problem thanks in part to the Internet and the ability to make a story go viral almost immediately,” Miss Desmond said. “The more embarrassing and hurtful the faster it spreads. This is not entertainment and the people involved are not paid actors. The consequences are horrendous and in some cases fatal.”
During her 35-minute presentation Miss Desmond asks that students go beyond merely abstaining from gossip or sharing hurtful information and images on line. “My approach requires that we defend the weak and stand up for what is right,” she said recently. “Certainly my generation can find more productive ways to empower themselves.”
Miss Desmond is involved with two film projects that deal with the subject of bullying. The documentary film “Save Me” is currently in post-production. A feature film with both Miss Desmond and Ashley Judd entitled “Memphis Sun” also deals with the topic of bullying and will begin filming this summer.
Preston Trail Community Church is located at 8055 Independence Parkway, Frisco, Texas. (972) 668-1244.
To preview “Save Me” go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpnBu-CU0j0.
PHOTO CAPTION: Mary Desmond will present her anti-bullying message to the youth at Preston Community Church on Wednesday March 2, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
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