Lynchburg middle school students break cycle of bullying, prejudice

helping Lynchburg middle school students break the cycle of bullying and Prejudice 10news reporter Magdala Lucent tells us what the kids took away from a first-of-its-kind lesson in a classroom on Randolph colleges campus middle school students from different schools in the Lynchburg region discussed how to identify prejudice and bullying one thing some of them can agree on is they’ve experienced some form of bullying not very harshly but I’ve been called names every now and then people talk about my ears and I’m short and I just ignore these students experiences are one of the reasons why organizers with Virginia center for inclusive communities wants to help break the cycle and it’s the first time the group has brought the program to the Hill City we’ve seen a thirteen hundred percent increase in requests from schools after incidents of bias over the past three years and that’s a big jump to help the preteens understand prejudice students were told it could eventually become a life-threatening act organizers say the deadly Charlottesville rally in 2017 is an example of that our job today is to really link those things so if I have a hurtful stereotype how did that then lead to something you know where somebody really feels like the only choice they had is to threaten someone else’s life because of who they are organizers say the ultimate goal is to have the students leave with an understanding to be better and lead by example I just want to make sure that the people that must go know that it before you try to judge someone be careful because they could potentially commit self harm to their self or others in Lynchburg Magdala Lucent 10 News working for you