Elk Mound, (WEAU) -- Steps were taken at the Elk Mound School District to raise awareness about bullying.
These steps are helping student recognize the importance of bully prevention, one Elk Mound student says she believes people will realize what they’ve been doing as bystanders and take action. Another student says she wants everyone to know that bullying happens and that it’s okay to step up and take action.
Randi Stanley, the coordinator of the Bully Free Awareness Walk and the advisor of the organization, Student Supporting Students, says showing unity is vital. Stanley says, “We all need to take a stand together, and together taking a stand, we can deter it and make a difference."
Stanley also says things like playful name calling can actually be considered bullying, as well as harmful. She says, "Name calling, to me, is a form of bullying. After a while if you hear yourself being called stupid, or dumb, or an idiot, after a while it can hurt somebody's self-esteem and they start thinking that maybe they are."
Students say that promoting bullying awareness does seem to be helping them reflect on their actions.
Emily Yang, a junior at Elk Mound wants the victims of bullying to know that things will get better.