TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Friday in Tupelo at the Department of Human Services, participants at a conference learned some of the warning signs of child abuse and how to properly respond to it.
Shelia Nabors with DHS said, "We tell them look for changes in their behaviors. Look for marks and bruises. Look for that student who may be withdrawn who is normally not withdrawn."
Those attending are the adults who, besides family, are often the ones with the most contact with young people.
That's a role all say they take very seriously, especially when abuse of any kind may be occurring.
Preschool teacher Christian Williams said, "A lot of times, after you build a repore with the kids, they tell you a lot and they trust you. I feel like a lot of times I would be the one who would hear of something if something were going on."
The day not only included the signs of abuse but also information about bullying and the impact of all this can have on a child's educational success.
Also emphasized at the meeting is the role these educators play in reporting abuse and that of DHS.
Nabors said, "One of the things to take pressure off these school officials is to not worry about reporting and report what you suspect. It's our job to assess the situation if they'll just report."
Nabors adds that it's okay for a teacher or other person to remain anonymous when reporting suspected child abuse.
She says they just always need to report it.