200 local students rally against bullying at the Capitol

This month is also National Bullying Prevention Month and students told us about their experiences with bullying. (Oct.19, 2016)

On the north steps of the state Capitol, 200 students from three Sacramento County school districts gathered to rally against cyber-bullying. 

"If you are getting bullied, just tell a parent or a trusted adult or one of your friends about it, because if you don't then you'll just be going through it --  and there's no way that anyone can help you," 14-year-old Joel Mateen-Washington said when asked what children should do if they're a victim of bullying.

October has been dubbed "National Bullying Prevention Month" for the last decade.

This is the fourth year local elementary and middle school students have come together to learn about the harmful effects of bullying, particularly through social media. 

Students from Sacramento, Elk Grove and the Natomas unified school districts were in attendance for the rally. 

When asked about their experiences with bullying, each student brought up situations that happened on the Internet. 11-year-old Makaio Chan said his friend was playing online video games when other players started telling him he "sucked," 12-year-old Obi Dimel said he had a friend who was bullied on Instagram. 

The solution? "...I told them if you don't want to see it don't look at it," San Brannan middle schooler Obi Dimel said. "Because there's so many different social media sites that it's hard to get off the Internet."

Bullying used to be consider a childhood right of passage, but the national "Stand Up, Speak Out" movement is shedding light on the harmful effects of bullying at school and online. Bullying can lead to poor performance in school, depression and even suicide. 

The Sacramento County community has been shaken by stories of fatal bullying in recent memory. 

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More than a dozen booths were at the Capitol to provide educational material on bullying prevention to students.

Students at the rally took a pledge against bullying and they got to take photos with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department squad cars, which were decked-out with "Stand Up, Speak Out" banners.

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