• Bullying Stops Here Video

    What impact can a pink shirt have on bullies? It had a huge impact in a school in Canada last year. Bullies picked on a student who wore pink. Other students stepped in and wore pink the next day.

    That incident inspired this Pay it Forward idea.

    Pam Kruse is a parent making a stand against bullying. She used Pay it Forward money to make T-shirts for students to wear in school last week at Abraham Lincoln in Council Bluffs. Staff members at the school also wore pink T-shirts that day and the idea spread to other schools as well.

    Duchesne senior Mary Wulff says, "With guys it's a lot more physical kind of stuff but with girls it's a lot more passive -- gossiping; excluding. No high school is a perfect place and that's here too but I think it's really important that we fight it."

    That's why students at Duchesne joined in the stand against bullying with other pink expressions added to their school uniforms, including pink socks.

    The sense of community makes a difference.

    Duchesne senior Leah Svingen says, "If you're hurting one another it's like hurting your sisters almost. So I think that's something really important that we have at Duchesne, that we are all just very, very close."

    Duchesne senior Cally Pflug says, "It definitely starts in grade school and I think it can get worse in high school but I don't think here I've had much of a problem with it."

    At the Duchesne preschool the keywords are peace and love. They've been working against bullying for that long and all of the students there donned pink for the latest effort.

    The message is "Bullying Stops Here," and Pam Kruse is Paying it Forward with a campaign that has opened the doors for next year.

    "We have potential with several districts we're looking forward to working hand-in-hand with next year," she said. "So the doors are opening wide open. We need parents to get involved and youth leaders to get involved. Imagine what we can accomplish."

    Pam is part of a group called Parents Against Bullying and they are determined to make a difference.

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