“Stand Up Speak Out” Program Tackles Bullying In Columbus

COLUMBUS, Miss. (WCBI) – One challenge educators face every day is helping children fit in at school.

Bullying is not new.

It just takes on different and more public forms through social media.

Members of the Columbus Junior Auxiliary are now dedicated to working with younger students with their “Stand Up Speak Out” program.

The program was presented today, February 23, to 4th graders at Franklin Academy and Stokes-Beard Elementary.

This is an extension of a three part anti-bullying project the JA teaches sixth grade students in Columbus.

“We encouraged them to alert adults by telling a teacher or principal or counselor of even the parents at home. We are also encouraging the children to befriend the target by showing the target it is not their fault that they are being bullied and we also encouraged them to confront the bully. Tell the bully this is not acceptable behavior,” says Mary Tana Garner of Columbus JA.

This is the fifth year for “Stand Up Speak Out.”

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