Herkimer Jr/Sr High School stood up to bullying on Oct. 19 as part of Unity Day, an initiative of the Pacer National Bullying Prevention Center.
The project was organized by the junior high Friends of Rachel Club, part of the national Rachel’s Challenge organization that aims to combat bullying and harassment.
Students and staff wore orange to school on Oct. 19 to show their support for Unity Day.
“It’s a day of making a statement that we will not stand for bullying,” club adviser Kerry Reppel told the Times-Telegram. “… We want to let kids know we’re here and they can come to us.”
According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, one out of every four students reports being bullied during the school year. According to PACER, bullying can negatively impact a child’s physical and mental health, and limit a student’s access to education. And it’s not just the victims of bullying who are affected; the Centers for Disease Control reported that students who bully others are at increased risk for substance abuse, academic problems and violence.
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