Anti-bullying program opens 5th graders' eyes to weight of their words

By: Allison Harris Email
By: Allison Harris Email

SHERMAN, TEXAS -- Today's anti-bullying message seemed heavy for Dillingham 5th graders, until you hear how often these kids are confronted with bullying.

"A lot of people get bullied a lot," 5th grader Luke Anderson said.

"I feel sorry for the people that are getting bullied," 5th grader Bryce Rowland said.

Anderson says his friends are often bullied.

"They need help so they don't feel all down all day," Anderson said.

Here to help were Sherman high schoolers -- some of them have been bullied themselves.

"I was bullied," student 3D program leader Monica Mathis said.

Mathis is one of the student leaders of this program called 3D -- which stands for decide, define, deliver.

'Decide who you want to be, what kind of person you want to be, define that character and then deliver it. How are you going to help others or deliver your message to others?" 3D program advisor Symantha Murray said.

"To give somebody a little bit older than them to look up to to, you know, help them through a bullying experience is, I mean, there aren't really words," Mathis said.

They've done these anti-bullying presentations for local schools and the Grayson County Juvenile Detention Center.

"I mean it's worth it if I help one person," Murray said.

Murray says kids are being bullied at a younger age -- like 3rd and 4th grade.

"It's going on. It's real and it can be anything that causes them to pick on a student," Murray said.

But today they felt only encouragement from their peers, focusing on their similarities rather than their differences.

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