TOMAHAWK - The Tomahawk school district let students listen to a strong anti-bullying message today. The speaker charged the school district more than $3,000. But do these programs actually work? School leaders believe they do.
"Our hope is that it makes every student take a step back and think about it, reflect upon how they treat other people," says Scott Swenty, Tomahawk High School Principal. "When they either witness bullying or they're involved with it themselves it gives them the idea at least to say here's what it is here's how we can address it here's how we can seek help if it is an issue."
Today, elementary school, middle school, and high school students all got a chance to listen to Matt Moran.
"I remember being in High School and walking into these assemblies and thinking oh here's my snore period," says Swenty. "When you begin talking about the statistics and about the amount of kids who have actually chosen to end their lives because of bullying they start to wake up."
80% of bullying incidents are witnessed by a bystander. Moran spoke to students about becoming a defender when they see bullying rather than being just a bystander.
RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander Police Department identified the man who died after a house fire on Friday night as 35-year-old Jeffery J. Becker.
Rhinelander Fire Chief Terry Williams told Newswatch 12 on Monday afternoon that an autopsy indicates Becker died from smoke inhalation, but the autopsy results and further investigation is now in the hands of the state Department of Criminal Investigations.
Crews responded to the house at 320 Rose Street, near Hodag Park, around 7:30 p.m. Friday. Firefighters went inside the house soon after they arrived and found Becker unresponsive on the floor. Firefighters and paramedics tried to revive Becker, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
RHINELANDER - Buying a house takes a lot of planning, timing, and some luck. Something buyers can't control is a home's listing price. Statewide, that number has gone up because more people are looking to buy than sell.
Joe Verich and his wife planned to sell their lakefront home 1 1/2 years ago. However, closing the deal hasn't happened yet.
"We were given pretty good notice when we listed our house. We were expecting that it could be as much as two years to move the home," said Verich.
Verich says he had to lower his price a dozen times. Lucky for him, when he originally bought his house, Verich got a good deal for it.
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