Varina hopes to defeat Armstrong and bullying

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HENRICO COUNTY, VA (WWBT) - The Varina High School Blue Devils will be tackling more than just Armstrong at Friday night's football game--they'll take on bullying head-on.

School counselors are wrapping up a weeklong awareness program Friday night. This of course comes in the wake of several high profile teen suicides--including the death of Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi.

During Varina's game Friday several student organizations will greet fans with stickers and ribbons at the gate to show a commitment in the fight against bullying. The community can participate in a candlelight walk during halftime.

The school has been taking part in National Bully Awareness Week to educate the community of the effects of bullying on victims, families, and offenders.

If you would like to participate, just wear blue to Friday night's game. It starts at 7pm.

Recent teen deaths have prompted a nationwide introspection about bullying, helping teachers and parents talk to kids about it with programs like the one at Varina.

After five gay teens committed suicide within just three weeks the President weighed in, saying no one deserves to be bullied in this world full of possibilities.

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