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Student group hosts anti-bullying walk

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Students at an area middle school are combating bullying one step at a time. D.C. Everest Middle School's Stand Up to Bullying Group hosted its first Stepping Up to Bullying Walk.

"We wanted to walk off bullying because we know that bullying happens a lot and it makes people feel down about themselves," said Tristan Tome, a seventh grader.

About 800 students took part during their study hall hour to raise awareness about bullying.

"Bullying is a problem because when you're in school you want to focus on your school work and not about what people are going to say to you," said Tome.

During the walk, students reflected on times people bullied them. Peyton Green, a seventh grader, says she remembered when people picked on her for a shirt she wore.

"I really don't want anyone to feel that way because it's really hurtful and it's just horrible for anyone to feel like that," said Green.

According to StopBullying.gov, 28 percent of students in 6th though 12th grades have experienced bullying.

The school's Assistant Principal says she hopes events, like this, will help change that.

"When they hear a classmate that is bullying they'll stand up to that classmate and say hey we don't do that here," said Jodi Devine-Schwantes.

Students say they agree.

"I think there will be less bullying and that people will be kinder to each other," said Tome.

Students and staff say they know the battle to end bullying is ongoing, but they say think the walk is a step in the right direction.

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