Petersburg students get lesson on stomping out bullying

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PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) – Petersburg students get a lesson on the effects of bullying. An anti-bully expert delivered the message to dozens of students Wednesday afternoon.

Bullying is a subject 10-year-old Darren Archer knows well. Darren has never been bullied but he knows bully victims.

"They don't want to go to school. They try to hide and disguise themselves," said Archer.

The topic of bullying took center stage at Walnut Hill Elementary School. A childhood bully victim turned activist talked to students about the dangers of bullying and being bullied -- something he calls a national concern.

"People are finally saying enough is enough. We don't want bullying any more. It's bad for us," said Ron Glodoski.

And with the Internet and social networking sites -- some say, it has become easier for one student to bully another.

There are warning signs when it comes to bullying that parents need to know about -- signs that can indicate if your child is being bullied or is a bully.

"When kids are bullying other kids you see them fighting other kids. You see them talking back at home - the aggression is more out there," said Glodoski

Signs of a child being bullied include numerous lost belongings, frequent injuries, and damage to clothes.

During the program, students were encouraged to tell someone if they're being bullied.

"Don't let the bully get away with it. Talk to the teachers. If they're not listening, talk to your principal. If the principal isn't listening talk to the police -- but stop it," said Glodoski.

It's a message Archer hears loud and clear.

"I'd like to see everyone get along," said Archer.

Glodoski will speak to more students on Thursday in Petersburg. He will also conduct a parent program on the topic. That will held at Peabody Middle School from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday. Parents are encouraged to attend.

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