'A Kind Community' holds bystander intervention training

Published: Sep. 26, 2017 at 10:44 PM EDT
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What's the best way to handle a tense situation that could escalate? That was the focus of bystander intervention training tonight at the Peter White Public Library. Led by clinical psychologist Mary Pelton-Cooper, the group discussed situations that may arise, whether it be confrontations over race, gender, sexuality or even a simple misunderstanding. They went over ways to de-escalate a situation. The group stressed the importance of not being a bystander who does nothing.

“So we don't want any more violence,” said Mary Pelton-Cooper. “What we're trying to do since these incidents are increasing across the country, we want the public to be trained to discourage and de-escalate.”

To see upcoming events put on by the group visit