Students combat bullying with community event

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A group of students at a Central Indiana school held an anti-bullying event Monday, in hopes of putting an end to an online problem that continues to make headlines.

Last month, two teen girls killed themselves after they were allegedly raped and photos of the assaults went viral. One lived in Canada and the other in California. Their stories have put bullying back in the spotlight.

“It’s ridiculous now,” said Marlena McIntosh, a Plainfield High School senior. “I don’t think people really understand what they’re doing and how they’re hurting other people.”

McIntosh and other members of the Plainfield High School Pride Club invited parents, students and community members to the ‘Bullying Stops Here’ event at the school auditorium Monday evening.

“I definitely saw a lot of verbal bullying, a lot of social exclusion,” said Taylor Gibbs, a Plainfield High School grad.

Gibbs came back to the school to help out with the event. She said recently cyber bullying has raised the most concern with students using social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

“It’s really sad that you know kids that come to school, they don’t feel that safety and that security. Then they go home and they still don’t feel that because their computer’s open and they can see it,” explained Gibbs.

The group showed a movie about cyber bullying and then held a panel discussion with the audience.

While Gibbs said the school never faced any serious bullying issues, she hoped the community would step up to prevent any future tragedies.

“Bullying is a community problem and we wanna see it solved as a community,” she said.

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