(02/21/13) - Hundreds of students are committing to crushing bullying at their
Freeland Middle school is hosting an anti-bullying program called 'Stop the Meanness - Spread the Kindness'.
Thursday, 450 students signed a banner that read, "We pledge to crush bullying."
"I think that you can stop bullying. No matter what, you can stand up, even if it's just you, you can get a whole group to stand up with you, you can really make a difference," said Bailey Desander, seventh grader.
'Stop the Meanness - Spread the Kindness' is a program where everyone can literally crush bullying.
Students learned that they'll be less likely to be picked on if they walk with confidence and stand up for themselves without being confrontational.
"I try to stand up as much as I can. It's not really fair to have someone else be picked on because of what they look like or what they wear," said Nick Lutz, eighth grader. "I'll take it a lot more seriously because bullying made kids kill themselves over some people saying some bad things."
At the end of the presentation, 12 students got to spray paint a car. It will be crushed to pieces at the Monster Jam monster truck show on Friday.
"Kids Empowered has found a way to teach kids the right way to get their emotions out, and now they get the opportunity to put these anti-bullying statements on the side of a car and watch that thing be crushed, instead of acting out in schools," said David Knisley, of Monster Jam.
The pledge will be used at the Monster Jam Show, then returned to the school.
The Monster Jam show is at the Dow Event Center Friday at 7:30 p.m.
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