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Southeast High School students research effects of bullying

Three Health Occupation Students of America at Southeast High School are bringing awareness of what unacceptable behavior in school can do to other students: in a part of a project titled "Bully Free Starts with Me."

“They got to pick their own topic for their competitive event, and they choose to bully because they felt like it was really a problem in our community, not just Southeast but all of the Lauderdale County schools and even surrounding counties.”

It was one topic that the three HOSA students felt is very important.

“We have to take a health-related subject and so bullying kind of deals with the psychological health, so we chose that because it’s not really what people think of health they really think of about the physical aspects, and it’s more than just physical, its mental."

The students have already spoken to other classmates on ways to identify when they or a another may be a victim of bullying.

“We went to the middle school to talk to seven graders about bullying, and how to prevent bullying, we did multiple activities with them, we interact with them and tried to talk to them. If they had any problems, questions, we tried to get them just to tell us how they felt.”

Bullying can come in different ways.

“Social, verbal, and cyber bullying, my part was to explain cyber and social, and I just wanted to say that cyber was over the phone or over social media.”

Twelfth grade senior Kayla Carter says she looks forward to speaking out to students about bullying, because it’s an ongoing problem in schools.

“It’s a big problem, because starting at young age kids are being bullied and are not knowing how to approach it, who to tell.”

A survey was given to the students about what their attitudes were on bullying.

“Most of the kids at the middle school: I went around reading their papers, and most of them were saying like unwanted, mean, stuck up, and it really brought to my eyes the effects of bullying at the middle school."

It is more than likely to happen in closed confined spaces.

“Forty-Three percent of students fear harassment in the bathroom.”

“If I see someone getting bullied, I’m just going to correct them or saying something not nice.”