Local attorney writes book on bullying


County attorney Johnna Baker has written a new book to raise awareness about bullying.

"Please Don't Bully Me...I am just like you, don't you see" is a manual for parents and administrators about combatting bullying, while also having a candid conversation about about the legal system, in relation to bullying.

With a background of over 30 years in education, Baker said she is passionate about discussing the negative impacts of bullying. She was a longtime employee of the Walker County Board of Education.

"This is a unique book because it is written from my eyes as a longtime administrator and now practicing attorney," Baker said. "This quick-read manual will equip the parent and the educator with knowledge to disengage the acts of bullying."

The book uses poetry, prose and legal statutes to educate readers.

"This book is not to be taken as legal advice and is so listed on several pages in the book, but it is an educational resource on bullying," she said. 

The book also outlines steps parents can take when their child is being bullied, along with resources for administrators to prevent bullying.

Baker said writing sections of the book through poetry is especially compelling.

"Because I am a poet and love to capture the raw spirit of human emotions, the poems in the book are written in first person and are told from the perspective of the child being bullied," she said.

Baker says school staff training on bullying is mandatory in Alabama, and she outlines state law as part of the text, which was recently updated to replace the word "harassment" with "bullying."

A book signing for "Please Don't Bully Me" will be held at the Warehouse 319 annex in downtown Jasper on Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Baker is working on another book, "Progressive Discipline and Documentation," with Gatekeeper Press (who published her book on bullying). 

"Please Don't Bully Me" is available on Amazon.