Dignity for All

By Dave Sherry

February 8, 2013 Updated Feb 8, 2013 at 11:52 AM EDT

Delhi, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Students at Delhi Academy have spent the entire school year learning to identify, address and prevent bullying.

They held an assembly Thursday where 29 students worked to bring awareness to the rest of the school.

Students decided to step up to bring the message to the school when they realized how much of an effect their words and actions can have on others.

"What would happen if your one little comment was the thing that pushed them over the edge and caused them to get revenge or kill themselves," said Delhi senior Brian Hannigan. "So I think we're trying to put forth the message of 'don't be that person.' Don't be the one who causes them to fall apart and have to do things that shouldn't have to happen."

The assembly included general discussion about bullying and student-made videos that highlight the amount of bullying that happens at school and alternatives to treating people poorly.

"I think if anybody's being put down either way, the most important part is someone needs to stand up and do something for it, whether it's that person being bullied or the person who was standing on the sideline watching," said senior and video director Abby Godsil. "Younger kids need to see that this isn't okay and this isn't how people should be treated and someone needs to say something because it can be life-threatening."

Students were given bracelets and a piece of paper to write a good deed they've done to add to the Rachel Scott chain, which is named for a victim of the 1999 Columbine shooting.

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