Bellevue students 'Make It Orange' to prevent bullying

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by TERESA YUAN / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on October 12, 2011 at 8:00 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 12 at 8:01 AM

BELLEVUE, Wash. -- Schools across Western Washington and the nation are taking a stand against bullying Wednesday.

Students and teachers are taking part in a bullying prevention campaign called "Make It Orange And Make It End." They're wearing orange as part of this national campaign and schools posted anti-bullying signs up in the hallways.

The Bellevue School District is trying something new and different this year. The district is actually teaching bullying prevention as part of their curriculum from K-12. Students as young as kindergartners are learning about bullying and part of the prevention is to teach kids social skills that's tailored to specific grades.

"We're really trying to get ahead of the curve. We're working on prevention and really investing on front end, for developing some skills we know will help prevent bullying like making friends," said Michelle Proulx's Bellevue School District's Counseling Curriculum Developer.

For example, younger students learn about empathy, how to make friends and coping skills. Older students talk about the impacts of gossiping and cyber-bullying. Students explained what bullying meant to them.

"Because they want to act cool and they want to be like I'm the boss of everybody you have to bow down to me," said Brooke Bennett, a 5th Grade student at Enatai Elementary School.

"I think it's going to help them because the people who have been bullying will see what it's like and feel what's like to be bullied so maybe they'd lay-off," said Nolan Duncan, a 5th grade student at Enatai Elementary School.

Parents are also encouraged to get involved with the new bullying prevention program and wear orange Wednesday.

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