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Tomahawk students learn how to combat bullyingSubmitted: 02/04/2014
Story By Dan McKinney

Tomahawk students learn how to combat bullying
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.




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