Tallahassee, FL - October 27, 2012
It can happen anywhere and to anyone.
Bullying is a problem that affects millions of children nation wide.
"I think everybody should come together and help stop bullying," said Jakiah McQuay, Madison County school student.
That's why a Madison County program seeks to put an end to the age old problem of bullying.
Madison school officials founded the "Safe Schools, Healthy Students Initiative," also known as Project Safe Zone.
The program held its second annual "Run, Roll, Walk Event Against Bullying" Saturday morning. Kids like Jakiah were happy to be a part of solution.
"Everyone should stop bullying and we could have a normal peace[ful] neighborhood," she said.
This event puts the issue of bullying in the spotlight. Letting kids and adults know, it's not cool to pick on someone.
Project Safe Zone conducts an annual survey about bullying in the Madison COunty school district.
They noted a 30 percent reduction in it within the past two years.
"It's not something that builds up, but something that tears down," said Octavious Tookes, an official with Project Safe Zone.
"That's what our program is all about, building character, building resistance to those things that would exploit you and be an overcomer in all things that you do," he said.