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Fighting Bullying in SchoolsSubmitted: 11/09/2012
Story By Jenn Sullivan


RHINELANDER - Thousands of schools across the national face the same problem—bullying.

November is National Bullying Awareness Month.

One group of schools in the Northwoods is banding together to put a stop to it.

Bullying is something most of us have faced.

But with the surge of social media sites, more and more students are falling victim to teasing.

Sixth grade teacher, Sarah Murphy, knows being a kid these days can be tough.

"Any kind of Facebook makes it easy for kids to join on the bandwagon and by simply clicking liketo an awful status or sending out a tweet and sending it to 50 people. The speed at which the bullying progresses, it's shocking," said Murphy.

John Muir Middle School is one of many institutions in the Wausau School district combating bullying issues.

"I am Somebody," is the project Sarah Murphy started.

To help raise awareness she applied for a grant through the Wausau School Foundation and was awarded $2500.

"This is a sensitive subject. It's not easy. It's uncomfortable. But these kids are ready for it they're ready to talk about it," Murphy said.

By sharing her own personal stories about being bullied, Murphy says students are more open to sharing theirs.

6th Grader, Abby Haling, "Bullying is not cool no matter what.. It's a huge problem throughout the world and I think it should be stopped."

In addition to bringing a speaker on campus later this month to talk about bullying, the grant money also helps pay for teachers to add anti-bullying talks to their curriculum.

"I want people to know we're all against bullying," said Haling.

On Novemeber 26th at 7 p.m. a nationally renound speaker who lost his son to suicide due to bullying will come and speak to area schools.

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