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People speak up to avoid bullying in junior high



Bullying can end with someone standing up and saying something. Together, let’s stomp out bullying!

Lori Mangan, the head principal of the junior high, gave some advice for a student who’s a victim of bullying.

“Since bullying is a big problem here, you need to let someone know about it. Have an open line of communication with an adult you trust,” Mangan said.“You should report it as much as possible so people can fix it. You can tell either your mom or your dad, a sibling or a teacher. Anyone that can assist you with the situation.”

Guidance counselors like Jamie Connell help students with bullying situations.

“I think the first step is to open yourself up to let someone help you. Those things are easier to go through with someone there with you,” Connell said.

Mangan said that the news clip about Rebecca Sedwick’s suicide that occurred Sept. 10, 2013 in Florida will be emailed to the teachers who have a class that deals with bullying related topics, such as the class Teen Issues, to show to the students. Connell also said that the Student Assistance Intervention Team, or SAIT, is here at the school to help kids with social interactions and also that the school has counseling groups to help kids.

“One thing the school could do to end bullying is to continue to educate people and let people know the effects of bullying. We have at least one person every year who reports a bullying incident, and we encourage others to join in too,” said Mangan.

Ninth grade student, Capri Davis, gave advice for students who are being bullied. Davis said that the person being bullied should go tell someone and get help with the situation.

“My advice is to get a teacher or one of the administers to help you handle the problem” ninth grade student William Harbaugh said.” If you feel that you don’t want to say it alone, you can get some friends that know what is going on to back you up.”


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