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."