Anti-bullying school assembly

Feb 21, 2014 6:26 PM

Standing 6 feet tall in the 8th grade, Dylan Bartell is the big man on campus.

And even while hobbling around on crutches, no one picks on him at Bangor Elementary School.

“People don’t bully me,” he said with a smile. “I’m the biggest in the school.”

But not all Bartell's classmates share his physical size or social experience when it comes to bullying.

”Every day you hear you hear somebody call somebody else another name,” he said. “They would cry for days because people would bully them.”

And while some might view name calling just a part of growing up, the torment has some serious consequences.

“People cut themselves because people call them names,” Bartell said of some of his harassed classmates. “They grab razors or my friend tried to drink bleach and I told them not to. They told me they were going to kill themselves.”

Bullying at schools across the nation has been a hot topic for years. And here in the North State, Bangor Elementary hosted an anti-bullying assembly Friday.

The goal of this workshop: stop the problem before it even starts.

If you would like professional help on dealing with bullying, contact Butte County Behavioral Health at 530-538-7705.


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