Richland students stand up against bullying

<p>Unity Day</p>

Unity Day

Nearly one out of every three students in grades six through ten are affected by bullying according to the National Education Association - but some middle school students in Richland are standing up to try and drop those statistics.

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, and students at Carmichael Middle School are taking part in Unity Day today to take a stand together against bullying across the country.

Many students are wearing orange clothes today to show their support for bullying prevention, and also to show their support for other students who have been bullied.

Students at other schools across the country are also doing the same thing today.

Student leaders and educators at Carmichael say bullying isn't a big problem at their school, but they want to make sure that everyone knows that it is not ok, and that it can do serious damage to other students.

"Because it's wrong and nobody deserves to be treated that way. It hurts people, people commit suicide because of it, and it's really wrong and nobody should ever be treated that way" said Ryan Stewart, 8th grader.

Students and educators also read a pledge against bullying today, which states that they will speak up if they see bullying, and reach out to others who are being bullied.

According to the National Education Association, six out of ten American teenagers witness bullying in school once a day.

Educators say the best way to stop bullying is to pay attention, don't ignore it if you see it, and hold bystanders accountable if they are encouraging that behavior.