Omaha School Under Fire Steps up Against Bullying
Omaha School Under Fire Steps up Against BullyingPhoto: Video by kmtv.com
CREATED May. 3, 2013
Omaha, NE - Their message can be heard loud and clear. These kids won't sit back and watch, they're taking a stand against bullying.
More than 500 kids, parents and teachers filed out of Belvedere Elementary with signs, chanting that bullying won't be tolerated here anymore.
Shoulder to shoulder and sign by sign, hundreds of Belvedere students lined the streets surrounding their school. Parents like Jodie Trace say this message is wonderful.
"Bullying does need to stop. It's unacceptable and I'm glad that we're teaching kids early that, we're not gonna have it. It just needs to stop everywhere in every community, especially starting here."
The national STAND4CHANGE protest comes at a difficult time for Belvedere parents, with the recent playground accusations.
Parent Jermaine Brown said it hit close to home.
"I have two girls and one boy so I kinda can relate to that situation, it kinda hurts you kinda bad."
Parents say this anti-bullying rally couldn't have come at a better time.
"I stand by Belvedere and I stand by this community and we just gotta take it and grasp it and move on and deal with it", adds Trace.
"Yeah it's needed at this school."
The aftermath of the incident left many parents, like Mark Keller, here in disbelief.
"They shooting and killing each other, this bullying, this issue needs to get taken care of now so when they're older we won't see as many of them dying."
Now they walk hand in hand with their kids to spread that message.