Thursday, 14 December 2017 16:01

Somerset Valley middle school learns about bullying Featured

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HARTLAND -'s something everyone hears about and yet it's still a huge problem.

Today the Somerset sheriffs paid a visit to Somerset valley middle school to educate kids.


Somerset county security deputy Mike Cray said "The point we'd like to get across is that bullying is a very serious thing in the state of Maine right now and nationally, and we wanted to get across it's not the best thing to do."


Students were given t-shirts with words like caring and respect on it, which is what the deputies really focused on.


"They were very attentive they listened to it. I think they understood the seriousness of bullying and the effect that it may have on people" said Cray.


Kim Marriner a 7th grader said "When I was younger in like second or third grade i got bullied kind of a lot and it was rough on me because after a while after not telling anybody about that my emotions started bottling up and I started believing what these people were saying was true."


She says she hope this program makes people realize that there are options. "If you are getting bullied you should talk to someone and tell somebody what you're going through and explain whats happening and maybe they can help you."


Students say they're glad the school provided this program.


7th grader Roland Kitchen said "Well if you don't really learn about bullying then you do not really know what it is when it does happen."


They think students tend to back away when they see someone getting bullied. "I think some people don't really want to get bullied themselves so they just let it be like it's just a normal day" said Kitchen.


Aaron Ramsey a 7th grader said "I get upset when I see people stooping that low just to pick on people. You need respect and compassion to form friendships and to really move past what you're going through."


Shonna Narine

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