(05/09/12) - It's a growing, state-wide alliance. Wednesday, students from 13 districts came together at the Cage Field House for the first ever Power of 100 anti-bullying summit.
The Power of 100 program was created by Swartz Creek High School assistant principal Dave Simancek last year. Since then, other schools have adopted the concept as well. This summit was about expanding the movement even further.
"We're not experts. We're just kids, and staff and a school district who cares," Simancek said. "We're not talking about what bullying is and statistics.We already know that stuff.We're talking about what do we need to do now to start a program in the fall, to make it successful and to change the culture in our schools."
The hope is that if 100 kids attend a Power of 100 meeting, that 100 students will work to stop bullying within their building each and every day. It's already working in Swartz Creek.
"We keep an eye out for it and we report it when we see it," said Swartz Creek High School student Rebekah Wilson. "If we have to, we intervene and we get the victim, the person being bullied, away from the bullier."
For many of the students involved, it's an initiative that's very personal.
"I was bullied in elementary and middle school, and just in my sophomore year, it finally ended for me, so I want to make sure that no other student has to go through what I went through," said Swartz Creek High School student Sunny Hines.
See it, Hear it, Stop it. That's the message Swartz Creek students have been helping to spread across Michigan, and they hope to eventually take that message nationwide.
"We've done it for two years. We have the videos, we have the presentations, the activities. We have all this information and we just want to give it to whoever needs it," Simancek said.
Here's an indication of how just how big this summit was -- the US Department of Education sent in a representative to participate.
For a list of anti-bullying resources, click HERE.
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