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Duncan School Stands Against Bullying

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DUNCAN Okla_ Students at Duncan Middle School stood up for the silent at an anti-bullying assembly Wednesday.

October has been designated as Anti-Bullying Month nationwide. Wednesday's assembly had guest speakers such as Duncan Mayor Gene Brown, a youth pastor, and a motivational speaker.

The assembly is not just about letting the school know there is bullying that could be going on, but what you can do when you see bullying.

"We are getting people to know about bullying and what they can do about it to help people who are being bullied," Duncan Middle School 8th Grader Caleb Pharaoh said. "There are a lot of people who see it but don't do anything about it,"

Pharaoh said he does not see a lot of bullying going on in Duncan Middle School, but he knows it could be, and it can be fixed.

"We are trying to keep everyone aware," Pharaoh said. "We want everyone to know that there are problems we can fix or they can fix."

Throughout the month, students have been studying statistics on bullying in America.

"A person is bullied every seven minutes," Pharaoh said. "We have a bunch of people wearing these signs, and every seven minutes someone turns their sign. At the end of the day during the assembly, all the people come down here and see how many people are bullied at the end of the day."

During the assembly, two students performed a dramatic dance to a song called 'Phoebe', about a girl who took her own life after being bullied. Heather Bailey and Kaylee Percival even choreographed it themselves.

"We tried to make it dramatic and make people feel the emotion that's going along with the song," Bailey said, "To make them feel what bullying really does to people."

Duncan Mayor Gene Brown also spoke to the students, and Pharaoh said it's great to know the community cares of the problems a school can face.

"The state really does care about the bullying and the problems that need to be faced," Pahraoh said. "It is kind of nice to know that he cares."

The singer of ‘Phoebe', Kylie Morgan, also sent a video message to Duncan to support their fight against bullying. The school is finishing up the month with a spirit week where they dress up each day.




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