PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Nearly 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of an attack or intimidation by other students.
Bullying is a big problem in classrooms across the country and today, some young students in our area took a stand against it.
They may be young, but they know the difference between right and wrong when it comes to bullying.
“To not hurt their feelings and to not make them cry or feel sad,” Sydney Blewett said.
“It’s not nice to do to people and it hurts their feelings whenever you bully,” Nathen Leshel said.
The second graders from South Fayette, Forest Grove and Hyde Elementary Schools say they know it’s important to be kind.
Today, they took part in this anti-bullying event at the Mall at Robinson.
“We want to teach these kids to be kind to one another and do their part. If they do see another person experiencing this, then they should reach out to their teacher or an adult and try to help in that respect,” Shema Krinsky said.
The kids signed their names to a pledge wall that will be on display at the mall throughout the month.
They also voiced their stand against bullying.
Bubba from Star 100.7 was a big part of the program. After dealing with his own daughters being bullied, he came up with a campaign called “Shine a Light on Bullying.”
It’s a program focused on middle school children.
“The goal of the Shine a Light on Bullying Campaign is to stop it before there is a tragedy by teaching kindness, compassion, and empathy. So, all the kids that aren’t bullied rally around the kids that are bullied, so they include them, they make them feel welcome and they make them feel like their friends,” Bubba said.
In addition to taking a public pledge, these kids will have some new anti-bullying resources to work with, including kits filled with anti-bullying material.