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School encourages pupils to take stand against bullying

Posted: November 7, 2013 - 9:09am
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff)  Students at Mossy Creek Elementary School watch a puppet show that showed the children how to be buddies and not bullies during an assembly for kindergarten through second grade on Monday, November 4, 2013. The goal was to help prevent bullying and teach pupils what to do if they are bullied or are witness bullying.   EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Students at Mossy Creek Elementary School watch a puppet show that showed the children how to be buddies and not bullies during an assembly for kindergarten through second grade on Monday, November 4, 2013. The goal was to help prevent bullying and teach pupils what to do if they are bullied or are witness bullying.

Pupils at Mossy Creek Elementary School received a reminder Monday to “be a buddy, take a stand, lend a hand.”

It’s a motto the school had a few years ago, but it’s “great to keep in mind,” said Shari Hooper, the school’s counselor.

On Monday, pupils in kindergarten through fifth grades learned the importance of standing up to bullying and what to do if they or someone they see is being bullied.

Kindergartners through second graders saw a puppet show called Reggie the Orange Hair Freak. Third through fifth graders saw a play about bullying called Lace Up Against Bullying.

“The purpose was to give kids strategies of what to do in bullying situations such as ignore, walking away and telling bullies to ‘stop’,” Hooper said.

They also encouraged pupils to be a friend when they see others in the
situation and take a stand against bullying

“I think sometimes they think, it’s not my business, but they can play an important role in discouraging bullying,” she said. “When two or three say ‘stop bullying my friend’, the person is less likely to bully. So we encourage pupils to speak up.”

The school put a bully prevention plan and a student protection committee into place a few years ago and regularly has activities to educate pupils about bullying, Hooper said.

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