Bullying is nothing new, but with recent cases of kids with autism being picked on many parents wonder the best way to reach kids.
An organization called Youth Frontiers visited Lewis and Clark Middle School Monday to tackle the subject.
7th graders packed the gym at the school for the group’s Courage Retreat.
The day started with high energy activities meant to break down the kids’ inhibitions and allow them to get a little silly.
Kesiah Kolbow helps run the Youth Frontier retreats which teach kids to accept each other despite their differences.
“Our goal for all of our programs is just to change the way young people treat each other in every hallway, lunch line, and classroom in America.”
The students meet in small groups throughout the day to talk about their fears.
After small groups, the group does a couple of presentations, one on the fear of not fitting in and being rejected, and another on acts of courage.
Mitch Fey says he's taking away some very powerful lessons.
“I think it will help me think in different situations, probably not making stupid decisions,” says Fey.
“I'll probably try not to bully any kid or be mean to any kids.”
Mary Lincoln, the school counselor says the event encourages kids to resist following the crowd, especially when it comes to bullying.
“This is part of our anti-bullying plan,” says Lincoln.
“It’s all about accepting things you’re afraid of and a lot of kids are afraid of not being accepted so they follow that crowd instead of stepping out and saying I'm going help this kid pick up his books I don't care what you think.”
Nick Lacroix says the day is a great way to talk about things students normally never do.
“Just be yourself and don't follow the crowd.”
Youth Frontiers will be meeting with more of the 7th graders on Tuesday.