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A Message Against Bullying

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Rochester: A Message Against Bullying
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A couple of high profile cases have shed light on the issue locally. Now a Rochester school is doing it's part to end the problem of bullying.

At Franklin Integrated Arts and Technology High School, it's a lesson taught every day. Bullying.

"Nationwide, I think it's a really big problem,” said Payton Manor-Howard, 9th grade.

A problem too many students have found themselves on the other side of.

"When I was younger, I was very small, and so since I was small, people liked to bully me,” said Imari Houston, 9th grade.

"They start making fun of me, imitating me and mocking me,” said Petty Gray, 7th grade.

"This girl didn't like me, so she started picking on me and making fun of me,” said Payton.

"People make fun of my size, and I don't get it because tall people, short people, they have the same abilities,” said Raven Ordrigez, 7th grade.

"C'mon, I've already done miracles. You're supposed to take it on faith from this point on,” said James Warren.

A daylong program at the school dealt with the issue of bullying: a magician, giving students insight and advice, in how to stop it.

"Nobody's asking you to like everybody you meet. Maybe you don't like each other, that's okay. What I am asking is that you respect each other and try to understand each other and you don't bully each other around,” said Warren, "Magic With a Message."

"On the front of the shirt we have clouds and rain and we said don't let bullies rain on your parade,” said Petty.

Students are also designing t-shirts carrying anti-bullying messages.

"The teachers are trying to make a change in our school environment because there's a lot of bullying going around,” Raven said.

Because it's a smaller school, students say they don't see as much bullying as other city schools. Still, it's a problem, and events like this are designed to put an end to it.

"A bully tries to pick on people because they feel bad about themselves,” Payton said.

The kids say bullies often don't realize the harm they're doing.

"I don't think so, I think sometimes they just think it's playing around and everybody's joking. I don't think they see how it affects the person they're making fun of,” said Payton.

"I don't let it bother me, because I feel like they need to shut up,” Raven said.

Walking away isn't always easy, but it's a start. Learn to get along in school; get along better, out in the world.

"Don't let anybody bring you down,” said Raven.

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