High School Students Stand Up to Bullying

A handful of students from Northview and Dothan high schools spoke at Kiwanis Club Tuesday about the destructive impact of bullying. The students are part of a movement to prevent bullying in schools and online.

The Anti-Bullying Campaign was implemented at Northview High School earlier this year. There, students are able to report cases of bullying to peer mediators anonymously.

The campaign recently launched a smartphone app to report harassment.
In cases of bullying, the discussion often centers on the two main roles: the bully and the victim, but one student explains that a third party should be held accountable.

"The third side that isn't really talked about is the by-standers," says Ivan Thompson, a senior at Dothan High School. "And if you think about it, if you laugh at somebody who's being bullied, you're basically taking the side of the bully. If there was a robbery, and someone gets hurt and you watch the robber get away, then you've basically helped the robber's cause."

There will be a community-wide anti-bullying assembly at the Northview High School Convocation Center at 9:38 Wednesday morning.

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