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Anchorage Students Learn How to Stop Bullies

Published On: Dec 24 2013 06:34:03 AM AKST   Updated On: Oct 09 2013 01:32:11 PM AKDT
Anchorage Students Learn How to Stop Bullies

A sea of blue rolled through Begich Middle School on Monday as part of an effort by the school to put an end to bullying, something seen around the country as part of a campaign called Blue Shirt Day.

On the World Day of Bullying Prevention, teachers went over lessons and reminded students where to go for help if they become a victim of bullying.

One of every four students is a victim of bullying at some point, but the cycle can be tough to break. 

ASD officials said staff and teachers are always on the lookout to stop bullies, but they cannot see everything. And students often want to avoid putting themselves in situations where they are likely to draw negative attention.

"That's really hard, because whenever that happens, they will threaten you instead of the person they are hitting," said Heaven Lee, an eighth grade student at Begich.

One of her classmates agrees.

"You don't want to be the one who is the victim, you want to be a helper but you don't want to get in trouble yourself," said Mystrie Murray, also in the eighth grade.    

Even still, Brian Singleton, principal of Begich, said he wants students to stand up and protect themselves and to help peers when they can.

"The more unified the bystanders and the victims are bullying the less power the bullies actually have," said Begich principal Brian Singleton.