Kids help kids take a stand against bullying

By: Olga Michail
By: Olga Michail

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- As the issue of bullying is getting more attention, a group of young Girl Scouts decided to take a stand and raise awareness about the issue.

At the Eau Claire Bully Free event held at Owen Park Saturday, kids helped kids to defy and take a stand against bullying.

“It kind of hurts seeing my peers bullying little sixth graders, it's not ok,” said one of the event organizers, 8th grader with the Girl Scout Troop 3007 Kaylee Wait.

“I think this event is mostly about preventing bullying and getting it out to the public,” said 6th grader Sasha Kirby, who is also a Girl Scout with Troop 3007 and co-organizer of the awareness walk.

“We've got three- sixth grade, two-sevenths grade, and two-eight grade girls who identified a problem in their community, identified a way to fix that problem, trying to help with that problem,” added Troop 3007 leader Melissa Wait.

Parents and kids say they see it everywhere: on buses, at schools, on the play grounds. And stopping bullying, they say, needs to be an everyday fight.

“Bullying stops within ten seconds over half the time when somebody stands up and speaks out against it,” said Jeni Gronemus Physiotherapist with Sacred Heart Behavioral Health.

And experts say kids hearing about the problem from peers, could be the most effective tool.

“Kids are all about peer pressure; and so if the peer pressure is the positive peer pressure, than hopefully we'll see them follow in the direction that these young ladies are putting on this event today,” said mother of three girls Courtney Paul.

“What did you learn?” said Francine Clark , who attended the event with her daughter .
"That you should stand up for yourself, and knowing how to stand up for yourself, without being a bully," responded to her mom eight-year-old Patricia Clark.

And parents say the younger they start educating their kids, the better are chance that their little ones will grow up in a bully-free environment.

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