Schools, businesses team up to stop bullying

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools are teaming up with area businesses, Mecklenburg County Police Department, and CBS Radio for “Stand Up, Speak Out,” a campaign to fight bullying.

The program encourages any victims or witnesses to do just what the name suggests—stand up and speak out.

CBS and businesses like Great Clips Salon, Goodwill, Best Buy, MTB Mechanical, and Charlotte Eye, Ear, Nose, and Throat Associates are sponsoring the effort, which asks parents, students, and teachers to sign a pledge stating their intent to stop bullying.

The pledge consists of a statement that every student has the right to be respected and safe at school, and promises including treating others respectfully, not bullying, obeying the rules, supporting victims, speaking out, and notifying authority.

Charlotte mayor Anthony Foxx came out in support of the program, releasing a video to CBS, encouraging people to join the cause, saying, “If we work together to eliminate bullying at home, at school, in the neighborhoods, and in the communities across our city, the quality of life of our young people will be so much richer.”

At the end of the pledge drive, the elementary, middle, and high schools with the most pledges will receive a CBS Radio pep rally.

A website is currently under construction and should be up and running by the end of the month.

Pledges can be found at any local Great Clips salon, or online at charlotte.cbslocal.com/stand-up-speak-out/.

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2 comments on “Schools, businesses team up to stop bullying
  1. I think it’s great that businesses are teaming up with schools to help raise awareness and get the word out about bullying to the community. When it comes to issues such as this it truly is a community project because now days it’s not just kids in school who are getting bullied. The more people are educated on the bullying, the more positive results and changes we will see!

  2. Please check out my anti-bullying music video “My Song for Taylor Swift” that was just released. Filmed with a cast of over 150, the video empowers kids to use their voices to speak up when they see bullying, and to be a friend to someone who is being bullied. Even Taylor Swift was bullied, but she overcame it to pursue her dreams. The video has already been seen in 30 countries and 45 states, and recently premiered to a crowd of 10,000 in Atlanta. Please check it out, and if you like it please pass it along to all of your friends- we want it to help as many kids as possible. Here is the youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPR_-zDMD8A. 100% of the net proceeds from the sale of the song are being donated to a national anti-bullying organization (the song is available on itunes and amazon). Thank you!!!

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