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Pictured in the front row, from left, are: Jakkie Wright, Ashley Anderson, Melody Proctor, Nikiah Wright, Chloe Martinez and Grant Neugin. Pictured in the second row, are: Tori Hoskin, Diamond Bailey, Erica Cheater, Britanie Wacoche, Jordan McLaren, Paige Fourkiller, N’dea Murray, Baylee Herrin and Audrey Ballou. Pictured in the back row, are: Christie, Colby Luper, Brandon Keen, heavyweight professional boxer Wes Nofire, Garrett Million, Nolan Philpott and Elijah Tucker.

Sequoyah Students Start Anti-Bullying Initiative

Cherokee Nation
3/16/14

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.”

Sequoyah senior Grant Neugin speaks to a group of Woodall fifth-grade students on bullying and depression Wednesday, March 12. (Cherokee Nation)

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