R.O.C.K. Anti-bullying campaign

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A new anti-bullying campaign is on the move within the Montgomery Public School district and it's already working. It's not the typical test for these Dozier Elementary students.

It's anti-bullying test and kids are putting their bully proof knowledge to the test.

These third graders just wrapped up a four week session with the R.O.C.K. campaign. R.O.C.K. stands for respect others, create kindness.

"It could have a really serious impact on kids, from teasing, spreading rumors, gossip and we try to give them a better idea of bullying behavior is," Prevention Educator Laura Hughes said.

The Family Sunshine Center oversees the program and grants help fund it. Prevention educators hit the classrooms in October. Since then, they've spoken to more than 700 kids in elementary schools throughout the Montgomery Public School district.

"They are really enthusiastic about being able to talk about it," Family Sunshine Center Public Affairs Director Melanie Beasley said.

"It hurt my feelings and it didn't feel good," Dozier Elementary student Makayla Johnson said.

Now she knows what to do.

"You can find an adult that you trust and tell them about the bully," Johnson said.

School counselors here at Dozier Elementary say bullying is a real issue in all schools. They say the number of incidents here has decreased since the start of the anti-bullying campaign.

"When your children tell that things are happening, listen and investigate," Dozier Counselor Dr. Stephanie Howard said.

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