Sending a message to school bullies

By Kelly McCarthy

Sending a message to school bullies

September 30, 2013 Updated Sep 30, 2013 at 11:35 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) This week begins the National Bullying Prevention Month and schools throughout the Southern Tier are holding kick-off events to stand up to bullies.

Benjamin Franklin Elementary School is starting the Olweus Anti-Bullying program.

The first thing the program teaches students is the definition of a bully and how to spot bullying behavior.

Both students and teachers hope it's effective in curbing bullies or ending bullying behavior permanently.

Fifth-grader Kelton Lawrence hopes "that nobody would be mean to anybody in school and the school would be a better place without bullies."

The Olweus Anti-Bullying program sets up group meetings within classrooms and sends material for both students and teachers to learn.

"I think the confidence that it helps them build," said co-coordinator Carla Gusefski, "And then at the class meetings they see that they're not so much different than their classmates and to build that community I think is very important and helps prevent situations from happening."