Last updated: November 25. 2013 11:24PM - 414 Views
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November is National Bullying Prevention Month.

Students at Middlesboro Elementary School have been learning about bullying and how to avoid it and prevent it when students see it happening.

Brandy Calvert with the Bell County Extension Office spoke to several fourth grade classes throughout the day.

She asked students to anonymously name qualities that a bully possesses.

One of Jenny Turner’s homeroom students replied by writing that a bully is “a bad person that is sad so they want other people to feel their pain.”

Calvert also played educational games with students to teach them how to stop bullying in its tracks.

Over 5.7 million students in the United States from grade six to 10 are involved with bullying.

Forms of bullying can vary from making fun of the way someone looks or talks to boys reporting acts of slapping, hitting or pushing and girls being likely targets of rumours and sometimes even sexual commentary.

There was an assembly Monday at the elementary school with a guest speaker from Mobile Ed Productions who taught students how to be stronger than a bully.

Students were asked to wear blue to show their support of the awareness month.

Reach Kelsey Gerhardt at 606-248-1010 ext. 204, kgerhardt@civitasmedia.com.

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