Midstate teens to learn how to curb bullying

Written by Melanie Herschorn | Mar 4, 2011 1:42 PM

(Lancaster) -- More than 100 midstate students will learn about depression and acquire skills to combat bullying at an event today in Lancaster. The annual Day of Peace, hosted by Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13, will teach teens that bullying does not have to be tolerated. Anita Heller, a psychologist and event coordinator, says the goal is to change school culture to that of tolerance. "Not only ethnically, but different styles of living, different interests," she says. "It's to transcend different groups. It's the whole idea of we're in this together and let's support one another and respect each other." Heller says today's event includes a presentation by Aevidum, a grassroots organization, which made up of students from Cocalico High School in Denver, Lancaster County. She says the group is dedicated to teaching students about depression and suicide prevention. Heller notes teens will also watch a theatrical performance called "Box out Bullying," aimed at empowering bystanders to get involved in stopping bullying.

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