Bucknell University show students smiling and holding signs featuring phrases such as "It gets better." The photos are part of the school's effort to encourage lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students who have been bullied. It's a nationwide campaign to raise awareness about the issue, which has gained more attention recently in the wake of a number of teens, including two from the midstate, who have recently committed suicide after being taunted."> Bucknell University show students smiling and holding signs featuring phrases such as "It gets better." The photos are part of the school's effort to encourage lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students who have been bullied. It's a nationwide campaign to raise awareness about the issue, which has gained more attention recently in the wake of a number of teens, including two from the midstate, who have recently committed suicide after being taunted."> Bucknell University show students smiling and holding signs featuring phrases such as "It gets better." The photos are part of the school's effort to encourage lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students who have been bullied. It's a nationwide campaign to raise awareness about the issue, which has gained more attention recently in the wake of a number of teens, including two from the midstate, who have recently committed suicide after being taunted."> Bucknell students to bullied teens: "It gets better" | News | witf.org
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Bucknell students to bullied teens: "It gets better"

Written by Megan Lello, witf Reporter and Producer | Mar 23, 2011 6:14 PM

(Lewisburg) -- Pictures on display at Bucknell University show students smiling and holding signs featuring phrases such as "It gets better." The photos are part of the school's effort to encourage lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students who have been bullied. It's a nationwide campaign to raise awareness about the issue, which has gained more attention recently in the wake of a number of teens, including two from the midstate, who have recently committed suicide after being taunted. Daniel Murphy is a senior who organized the initiative. He says as a victim of bullying because of his weight, he's glad faculty members and students alike have embraced the project. "I thought maybe we'd get 50 people [and] it'd be a smaller project, but it just grew into such a huge project," he says. "We had well over 200 people participate. We had the president of Bucknell participate, we had people from all of the fraternities and sororities, faculty departments, and then just individual students." Murphy says he knows from first-hand experience the effects of bullying on a victim can be long-lasting. He's now student teaching and says he'd like to raise awareness about the issue he faces in the classroom through the "It Gets Better" effort. A video showing the making of the display can be found on the school's website.

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