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Wausau teen working to combat bullying

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WAUSAU (WAOW) -- A Wausau Teenager is working to put an end to bullying at school. Newman Catholic High School student Amy De Lonay said she's seen her fair share of bullying at school.

"Name calling, some physical bullying, verbal, definitely verbal," said De Lonay.

It's that harassment that encouraged the 13-year old to try to put an end to bullying.

"There's a lot of inspirations, but the main one was a boy on my bus was harassed pretty bad," said De Lonay.

Amy started the Non-Bullying Society earlier this year as a way to bring people together and raise awareness of the problem. As part of the group, kids must sign a pledge promising to help prevent bullying.

Randy Weller is the Assistant Principal at DC Everest Junior High School. His school has a different anti-bullying program, but he said groups like this make a difference.

"The total number of students involved in bullying is down actually 38-percent so we've had some pretty positive results," said Weller.

And even though some bullying may go unreported, he said it's still there.

"The national statistics indicate about 30-percent of kids are bullied or have been bullied," said Weller. 

Amy said she hopes to continue to get the word out about the Non-Bullying Society so more and more kids can take the pledge.

"We just want to help people stand up for theirselves and be as confident as we are," said De Lonay.

Online Reporter: Courtney Fasano

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