RHINELANDER - We hear more and more about bullying in schools every day. One local Girl Scout troop saw it was becoming a problem in their school. So they did something about it.
Junior Girl Scout Troop 7091 needed to do something to help the community to earn their teamwork badge. They wanted to tackle bullying.
"Because lots of it was going on and we just wanted to help prevent it," says Leah Shaver.
"It could happen at any age level. It doesn't just have to be the older kids. It can happen in kindergarten too," says Gabi Lawrey.
Together the girls wrote a screen play about a girl who is bullied. By the end of the project they had a video called "The Bully Diaries" that they could show to their younger classmates.
Each troop member has had their own experiences with bullies.
"I know I have been bullied. It has happened since, maybe, first or second grade," says Emma Beckman.
"This boy in my class, he bullied this girl a lot and it kind of got me a little upset because it was going on like every day," says Shaver.
"I know somebody who bullies people. She... I think she knows she's bullying people," says Lawrey.
The girls think they know why some kids might be scared to stand up for other kids to bullies.
"You always think, 'What if they come back and start bullying you'," says Lawrey.
But like their video shows, getting other people to stand up to a bully with you makes it easier. And they think it's worth taking the risk.
"They're all human beings, and they don't deserve to be bullied," says Beckman.
"I'm not scared. I know that it's right. Some people think they don't want to stick up for people because they'll get made fun of too. But if it's the right thing to do they should do it," says Shaver.
A lesson they hope their video teaches other kids.
To watch the video, please click on the link below.
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee County district attorney says he's confident the public will see he made a fair decision in not charging a white Milwaukee police officer in the shooting death of a black man.
John Chisholm said the officer, Christopher Manney, was justified in using deadly force when his encounter with Dontre Hamilton turned into a fight last April. Manney shot Hamilton 14 times after Hamilton got control of the officer's baton.
Chisholm said the release of the full investigative file will help people understand what went into the decision.
RHINELANDER - A 23-year-old Wausau woman faces three charges for allegedly stealing a purse and using a stolen credit card in Rhinelander. Those charges include burglary, theft and credit card fraud.
Prosecutors accuse Brieanna Persike and Andrew Washburn, 25, of Wausau, of stealing a purse from an unlocked home on South Rifle Road in Rhinelander. The criminal complaint shows that Persike told investigators they broke into the home. She said it was after visiting Washburn's grandmother early on December 17th.
The two then went to Wal-Mart and spent more than $500 using the stolen credit card. The criminal complaint shows that the two bought a car installation kit, a car amplifier, a black BB gun, cat food, ice fishing equipment and other items just hours after the reported burglary.
MILWAUKEE - Federal officials say they'll review the shooting of a black man by a white police officer in Milwaukee for a possible civil rights violation.
Dontre Hamilton, a 31-year-old man whose family said he was mentally ill, was shot to death last April in a downtown park after he struggled with Officer Christopher Manney. The Milwaukee County prosecutor announced Monday that Manney's use of force was justified self-defense, and he wouldn't be charged in the case.
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