Students Combat Bullying

By: Angela Salerno Email
By: Angela Salerno Email

4-4-07

Many schools are now helping students combat the problem. In this month alone, one out of every four kids will be abused by another.

"We hurt people when we call them names and make fun of them," said Jesse Marlow, a sixth grader at Cobb Middle School.

Harold Chapman is also a sixth grader at Cobb and said, "In the locker room, if one guys is bigger than the other guy, they will push them around a little bit."

That's the message the Strength Team is sending to these Tallahassee Cobb Middle School students.

Chet Strain is a member of the Strength Team and said, "We go in and take a message of encouragement, talk to kids about dream makers and dream takers, drugs, alcohol, bullying all the things young people face in school."

Humor and role playing are used to teach children how to stand up to a bully.

"I am there to build their confidence up, when they bully my friends I am there to talk to them," said Faniko Brown, who learned how to protect himself.

They also learn abuse is not always physical.

"A lot of times bullying is done through words; words are very powerful," said Strain.

Sharon Mills is an eighth grade math teacher and says middle school students are the most vulnerable to bullying.

"Bullying is not a small problem, it's a lifelong problem. We really try to nip it in the bud when we see it," said Sharon Mills.

It’s an important step, especially when studies show revenge is the motivating factor in most school shootings.

Bullying isn't just a problem in schools; the Internet and text messaging bring the abuse beyond the classroom.


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