Local schools step up anti-bullying efforts for national awareness month


THIS MORNING, WE’RE TAKING A LOOK AT AN ISSUE IMPACTING MANY OF YOUR KIDS… BULLYING. OCTOBER IS NATIONAL BULLYING PREVENTION MONTH… AND TODAY IS WORLD DAY OF BULLYING PREVENTION. IT’S ALSO BLUE SHIRT DAY TO STOMP OUT BULLYING. PEOPLE ACROSS THE WORLD ARE WEARING BLUE TODAY TO RAISE AWARENESS… INCLUDING MANY TEACHERS AND STUDENTS HERE IN THE EAST… AND MANY OF US HERE ON MORNING EDITION. W-N-C-T’S JESSICA JEWELL JOINS US NOW IN THE NEWSROOM WITH MORE ON THE ISSUE… JESSICA? THE NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION REPORTS MORE THAN 160- THOUSAND CHILDREN MISS SCHOOL EVERY DAY OUT OF FEAR OF BEING BULLIED. THAT’S WHY THIS MONTH IN PARTICULAR, LOCAL SCHOOLS ARE TAKING STEPS TO STOP IT. LENOIR COUNTY SCHOOLS CONTINUES STEPPING UP EFFORTS TO COMBAT BULLYING. WE TOLD YOU ABOUT THE SCHOOL SYSTEM PILOTING THE “SPEAK UP N-C” APP SEVERAL MONTHS AGO TO GIVE OLDER KIDS AN ANONYMOUS WAY TO REPORT BULLYING. NOW, THEY’RE TAKING THEIR EFFORTS TO YOUNGER KIDS. “WHEN THEY GET OLDER, WE JUST WANT THEM TO LEARN TO RESPECT EACH OTHER. WE WANT THEM TO UNDERSTAND THAT IT’S OKAY TO DISAGREE. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO TAKE IT TO THE NEXT STEP. SO WE BELIEVE THAT IT HAPPENS HERE IN ELEMENTARY.” THIS MONTH, SOUTHWOOD ELEMENTARY IS FOLLOWING THE MOTTO “SOUTHWOOD STICKS TOGETHER AGAINST BULLYING”… TEACHING KIDS WHAT TO DO IF THEY SEE BULLYING AND TAKING A PLEDGE TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST IT. ALL NORTH CAROLINA TEACHERS MUST GO THROUGH TRAINING ON HOW TO STOP BULLYING EVERY YEAR. JESSICA JEWELL. 9 ON YOUR SIDE.