COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - October is national bullying awareness month and Northside High School students are challenging the community to "Man-Up" against this disturbing national trend.
"I personally have been a victim of bullying and I know it hasn't been stopped," says Northside student Anna Maley. "So this project is for us to raise awareness for and hopefully end bulling not only for the month of October but for years to come."
On Oct. 14 a team of four students presented their platform to the Muscogee County Board of Education and are asked for the district's participation.
"We figure if we can start now that hopefully we can spread the word and hopefully have an impact. Start small, end big," explains Northside student, DJ Arrorio.
According to Bullyingstatistics.org, one in seven students has admitted to being bullied and in about 85% of cases, no intervention effort is made on the part of teachers or administration.
The goal of the Man-Up Campaign is to lower these statistics not only in all schools in Muscogee County, but also in surrounding school districts.
"It's a sad thing to see and we try not only to let it go unreported. We report it as soon as we can to get it stopped."
Throughout the month of October, students will be hosting events to promote harmony and raise awareness against bullying.
The community is invited to participate in a "lip-dub" event or a music video to be performed in downtown Columbus October 22nd at 5:00 PM, using positive lyrics to promote friendship.
"We've just seen it become a problem through the years not only in high schools, but in middle schools and starting as early as elementary schools. So we just feel like we really needed to make an impact throughout October to this anti-bulling movement," explains Maley.