Madill school adopts anti-bullying curriculum

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"All students who attend Madill school are wildcats," said the voice over the loudspeaker.

That statement embodies an ideal Madill students not only stand for, but walk for.

Madill Schools are making anti-bullying instruction a part of their regular curriculum. And student group "Paws for Peace" is taking it outside the classroom with the first ever "Walk for Peace".

Madill senior Shiann Burns says it's a step in the right direction.

"You see bullying going on everyday and we really would like to take the initiative and take the first step into getting that stopped at our high school," Burns said.

The school is taking that step with the Bully Free program.
It was created by Dr. Allen Beane who believes bullying played a role in his own son's death.

He says these Madill students give him hope for a change.

"When they unite they have a lot of power. And they can stand up against the bullying in the school," said Beane.

That was Beane's message at Tuesday's event. But it's also the theme of the curriculum they study every day.

The bully free program instructs parents and teachers on how to deal with bullying.

District guidance and counseling director Joanna Tuck said the community is a vital part of the solution.

"For these kids who are taking a stand against this they need to know they have support and we have their backs," Tuck said. "And we do."