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Northside High students spearhead "Man-up Against Bullying" campaign

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A group of 200 Northside High School marketing students have spear-headed an anti-bullying campaign for the month of October.

The students said they became interested in the subject after researching statistics on the subject. The "Man-Up Against Bullying" campaign has since evolved to include numerous businesses, organizations and other schools in Muscogee County.

Every year, more than 3.2 million students are bullied. In about 85 percent of those cases no effort is made by teachers or school administrators to stop it, according to the National Association of Psychologists.

Northside High senior and campaign organizer Jill Smith said they want to raise awareness about the negative effects of bullying. "It's something that every age group and every person at one point in their life has dealt with at some point."

The local community is also taking a stance with them. Churches, businesses and organizations have come together to help them erect billboards, make T-shirts and are even participating in a lip dub; it's a lip-syncing music video that will be filmed in Uptown Columbus. It will focus on positive songs to promote anti-bullying.

"We're trying to get the message across that bullying is not a good thing. It's not fun, but, the anti-bullying side of things is a lot more fun. Everyone can be happy together and work better as a one," said Northside High Senior DJ Arroyo."We're going to be hugging people on the side; the elementary school kids, the little kids, the adults... peace and harmony. we're just trying to get everyone together."

The video will be filmed in Uptown on Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. Those interested in participating can email nhsmanupcampaign@gmail.com.

The group plans to post the video on YouTube where they hope it will go viral and continue to raise awareness.

Research shows an increasing amount of bullying is happening on the web, in particular on social media sites. Forty-three percent of kids said they've been bullied online. The campaign also encourages students to post inspirational quotes on Twitter and to take pictures with classmates they've never met before.

"that's been very popular. We've got like 80 plus pictures on there," said another organizer, Meagan Williams, a Northside High Senior.

Anna Maley, a Northside High junior, said, "For us to be making a difference and having this much of an impact on schools and making a difference is really just... indescribable."

The campaign also has a writing contest for Muscogee County students and a scarecrow contest. For more information on the "Man-up Against Bullying" campaign visit their website.

Bullying may take the form of threats, public humiliation. Destruction of property and social exclusion. For more information on bullying visit StopBullying.gov.

Sydney Cameron

Sydney joined the WRBL news team in December 2011 after working as a freelance reporter in Washington, D.C. More>>

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