Sequoyah Students Start Anti-Bullying Initiative
A new club at Sequoyah High School known as “The Preventers” has students speaking out against bullying and its harmful effects on teenagers.
The more than 25 students at the Tahlequah, Oklahoma school serve as mentors to their peers by helping squash incidents in their own hallways and speak out to younger students in other schools. They spoke to Woodall Elementary fifth and sixth-graders Wednesday, March 12 about how to handle bullying.
Cherokee Nation Behavioral Health trained the students on mental health first aid last summer, and each “preventer” is now a certified mental health first-aid responder. Behavioral Health performed a similar training with Sallisaw High School students in 2013.
“Being in The Preventers gives us a chance to give back to the community and help other students. We will hopefully open their eyes and show them that bullying is a really serious issue,” said Grant Neugin, a Sequoyah senior who joined. “It is important to reach students at a young age and show them that bullying isn’t good, it isn’t right, and it needs to be stopped.”
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