Bridgeport Students Learn to “Be A Buddy, Not A Bully”


 Second graders from Bridgeport took a field trip to the Ohio Valley Mall, for a lesson about bullying.

The children learned how to “Be A Buddy, Not A Bully.”

Captain McFinn and Friends are life size characters that promote kindness and friendship.

Their stories are about honesty, empathy and caring for each other.

The Bridgeport students signed an anti-bullying pledge, left their handprints on a poster, and got some tips from the experts about preventing bullying.

“The adult criminals we have, a lot of them were bullies in high school. They started out young, being bullied, not happy. So they turn to a life of crime,” said Sheriff Dave Lucas.

“These wonderful children here today have a better opportunity to be abused by the bullying concept simply because of the social media aspect of bullying,” said County Commissioner, Mark Thomas.

“The best thing is to use the resources they have, which would be their family, their teachers, school counselors, older siblings, aunts, uncles, grandparents,” said Brian Hanasky of Youth Services System.

Throughout the month, activities at the mall on Toddler Tuesdays will focus on bullying.

Bridgeport Elementary School received a kit, filled with books, ideas and activities about how to react to bullies, and what to do if you see a friend or another child being bullied.

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