balloon release

Pamela Denmon, USFWS

Many events end with the release of balloons. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says balloon releases are damaging to the environment yet organized balloon releases continue to occur.  The USFWS often finds animals stuck in the strings or ingesting the balloon. 

Ann Bloxom Smith of Monroe works with Friends Of Black Bayou National Wildlife Refuge. Tonight at 6:00 p.m. she will propose to the Monroe City Council an ordinance to ban the release of balloons. 

One in four teens have experiences bullying in middle or high school, and over 160,000 students do not want to go to school because of their fear of bullies.

October is bullying awareness month, and the Children's Coalition for Northeast Louisiana is raising awareness throughout the community by proclaiming "Bully Proof Day" on October 19. 

The Children's Coalition charges the community to wear orange to show support for victims of bullying. Local schools are showing their support by hosting a balloon release with encouraging messages tied to them.