Teaching Courage To Combat Bullies

Omaha Public Schools is working on a way to get students to be brave and stand up for what's right.

It's part of their anti-bullying campaign. Organizers are hoping some time out of class to get involved with the program will help everyone to get on the same page

A program Wednesday at Lewis & Clark Middle School is for seventh grade students and things got pretty loud.

Organized chaos. Looks like fun but there is a method to this madness.

“The idea in the beginning is to get kids to relax and enjoy and to do things that they not normally will to do, take a risk a little bit,” School Councilor Mary Lincoln said. “(We) spend a lot of time having fun, getting kids comfortable and then they start getting into some more of the meat of the day.”

This is the Youth Frontiers Courage Retreat, part of the anti- bulling program at Lewis and Clark Middle School near 69th & Cass.

William Gilbreath and Anai Soriano-Salazar are just two of the many seventh graders who are hoping this retreat makes a difference in their young lives and gives them the courage to put an end to kids picking on other kids.

“It's difficult if you try to help the victim, they might also pick on you or get other kids start picking on you...then they wont leave you alone, it's tough to speak up,” Ania said.

It is tough to speak up but if everybody in this room, speaks out against people who are doing the wrong thing, it makes it that much easier.

“Because if everyone is doing the same thing then it's like your fitting in, doing the right thing too. You're not just an outsider. You're not the only one doing the right thing, everybody's doing it,” William said.

OPS is hoping this is a good first step and they try to reduce the number of students who pick on other students.


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