LPD Partners with Tiny Trotters Therapy to Bring “Just Say Whoa to Bullying Campaign” to Schools in the City

June 19, 2023

The Laurens Police Department is partnering with Tiny Trotters Therapy to bring the “Just Say Whoa to Bullying” program to schools in the city.

This program takes a unique approach to teaching bullying prevention by helping children to recognize and respect the differences in one another. By understanding that everyone has something valuable to offer, children learn acceptance, tolerance, respect, and understanding of others.

“We are proud to partner in bringing the ‘Just Say Whoa to Bullying’ program to our city and youth. By combining the gentle presence of therapy mini horses with engaging educational initiatives, we aim to empower our community’s youth to stand up against bullying, foster empathy, and create a more inclusive future. Together, let’s inspire change and build a kinder, stronger community,” said Police Chief Keith Grounsell.

This innovative program is the first of its kind to teach bullying prevention using animal-assisted activities with miniature therapy horses. By instilling these core values and encouraging and promoting a positive social environment, which in turn fosters kindness and good citizenship.

The Tiny Trotters got their Police Patches from Laurens Police Department. They will wear them on their “Just Say Whoa to Bullying” Vest. “Just Say Whoa to Bullying” is an anti- bullying program presented in schools, day care centers, and community events.