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Students at Lincoln Elementary standing up against bullying

A group of students wanted to help stop the bullying problem at the school.

Posted: May 10, 2019 3:24 PM
Updated: May 13, 2019 10:18 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Kim Tanner is the case manager at Lincoln Elementary school in Fort Wayne. She’s in charge of a group of 4th graders who have made it their mission to help put an end to bullying in their school. 

"We hear about bullying on a daily basis. 4 out of 5 kids in america are bullied each day and each day with social media being so available to younger kids we see and hear bullying daily," Tanner said.

Lincoln Elementary usually celebrates anti-bullying month in October, but some students were saying that’s not enough.

Tanner said, "This year a group of girls from 4th grade came to me and said "we’re really tired of all the bullying and we’d like to do something about it."

So they formed the school’s Unity Club. The club’s main goal is acceptance of all.

Amy Glass and other member’s of the club handed out donut holes to their classmates today. She joined the club because she wants to help.

"Bullying isn’t the right thing and i want to stop bullying," Glass said.

Why were they handing out donut holes? To raise awareness about bullying through their ‘Do’nut Bully campaign.

Serenity Patrick is another Unity Club member. She is a victim of bullying herself and she says she joined so she can help teach others to stand up to bullying.

Patrick said, "They can talk to the people who might bully other people and ask them why are they bullying people."

The club constructed walls filled with images of unity and equality, and the donuts are being used to sprinkle kindness.

"Every child should be safe when they come to school. We want Lincoln to be a safespot. We want kids to come to school, be happy and be able to learn without being harassed or harmed," Tanner said.

Tanner says the club’s effort is working and they plan to continue their work into next year. Amy’s message to bullies is simple, "It’s not right and no one should do it."

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