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Spencer High students fight bullying with positivity

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SPENCER (WAOW) -- Some student leaders at Spencer High School have started a new campaign. It's called Stomp-Out-Bullying.

The campaign focuses on using kindness and confidence to make school a better place.

A student group called B.L.A.S.T. (Being a Leader and Standing Tall) has been making plans with Spencer High School staff members for a while.

"We want Spencer to be a place were kids want to come and are safe and where kids like each other," said Karla Brehm, a B.L.A.S.T. co-advisor.

They decided to stop bullying by focusing on empowerment.

A school-wide assembly kicked off the campaign Monday.

High school senior, Amanda Springob, shared her story.

"I talked about my experiences with bullying and being bullied because I've done both," Springob said.

At the end of the assembly, students received blue bracelets with the word "Empowerment" stamped on them.

"We wanted to put a positive spin on things and encourage students to find the power within to make a difference," said Brehm.

Students and staff will wear blue all week to raise awareness of the issue.

Springob says, bullying isn't always obvious. "It's not always hitting and shoving. A lot of times it's small things like impolite remarks or sarcastic comments."

The student leaders say they hope fellow students can find the confidence to stand up and speak out.

"When it comes to standing up for yourself you need to gain that confidence to be able to say I dont appreciate that comment. Could you please back off?" said Springob.

The campaign will continue through Friday.

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