Every Person In Control (EPIC) is a Hillsboro Middle School Group group that was started by middle school teacher Elaine Gilliliand for this about four years ago. The group’s purpose is to get students together to discuss ways to overcome peer pressure and how to make good choices.
Students discuss bullying and the effect it has on others, ways to stand up to bullying, drug and alcohol abuse and the effect it has on people; how to cope with losing a loved one; cyber-bullying, including the safe use of Twitter and Facebook; together with many, many more issues as brought up by students.
The group began meeting this year in October after school from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in Mrs. Gilliland’s room. There have been great discussions, movies, and guest speakers. Students have been encouraged to come as often as they want, and it has been well received among Hillsboro Middle School students.