October is Bullying Prevention Month, and the Ohio Valley Mall held its annual awareness event for kids.
They say there are five ways to prevent bullying talk with children, set a good example, encourage tolerance, have a bully-free policy and be informed.
Students had a field trip to the Ohio Valley Mall, where they learned to Be A Buddy, Not A Bully.
“We learned that one out of every four students has reported being bullied at some point in school. And over 160,000 students a day do not go to school for fear of being bullied,” said Mall Marketing Manager, Candi Noble-Greathouse.
“If you’re being bullied, make sure you tell your friends or tell your teachers or tell one of us. So one thing for sure, you don’t have to put up with it,” said Belmont County Sheriff Dave Lucas.
Students signed the anti-bullying pledge, and sealed it with a handprint.
Even county commissioners took the pledge.
After that, everyone got a bracelet from the sheriff and chief deputy and a junior deputy sticker.
“You know people that comes into the jail repeatedly, you know, you talk to them, they say that when they were in high school, they were bullied. They was pushed around,” said Sheriff Lucas.
There was a cake, and of course life size Captain McFinn characters. Teachers from Our Lady of Peace and Bellaire Elementary got anti-bullying kits.
This year’s theme is “kindness.”
“Kindness really matters, and kindness can start so young,” said Noble-Greathouse.