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"Sticking" Together Against Bullying
October is national anti-bullying month and tonight kids are using more than just words to stop bullying in the Southern Tier.
October 4, 2012
Elmira (WENY) - October is national anti-bullying month and tonight kids are using more than just words to stop bullying in the Southern Tier. Here in the Southern Tier a few organizations are using a unique art project to educate the community on how to deal with bullies. Imagine a white room freshly painted and then letting hundreds of kids loose armed with stickers. The result is what you'll see if your walking on main street in Elmira.
Mayve Roman is an eighth grader at Broadway Middle School in Elmira. She says she's been bullied and has witnessed bullying at her school. Mayve wants to set a good example for her little sister.
“I know that the people that bully me they do it to get steam off because they get bullied too,” says Mayve. “I sort of feel bad for the people that bully others because I know they do it out of the sickness in their own hearts.”
In Elmira, the Chemung County Safe Kids Strong Kids Program and the Chemung County Youth Bureau are putting together a unique art exhibit. They're inviting kids to put stickers on everything in a white room, until the entire room is covered. The stickers are actually teaching kids how to fight bullying .The idea is, one person can't fight a bully but if you “stick” together, then that bully doesn’t have a chance.
“We came up with the sticking together theme because when kids work together.”
Misty Purdy works at Strong Kids Safe Kids and knows how important numbers are when fighting against bullies.
“When they see bullying and they go find a friend it will help combat bullying and it will help put an end to it.”
“Sometimes when I get bullied I got to my friends because I feel bad and they help me feel better and if they get bullied they come to me and I help them feel better,” says Mayve. “It just feels better if you get it out with someone that you know.”
“We want them to know that there is help to reach out to an adult and let folks know whats going on,” says Purdy. “If no one knows whats going on then unfortunately no one can help you. So speak up, and search out help.”
The stick together room at 109 north main street in Elmira will be open from October 4, 2012 until October 13th, 2012.
10/5 - 5-8 p.m.
10/6 – 10-3 p.m.
10/7 – 1-4 p.m.
10/8 – 10/12 - 5-8 p.m.
10/13 – 10 -3 p.m.