About 20 percent of high school students reported
being bullyied on school property.
That's according to a 20-15 survey from the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention.
But the city of La Crosse and other organizations
are trying to reverse that number.
News eight's Eric Jacobson joins us now with more.
La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat made a proclamation that
marks October as Bullying Prevention Awareness Month.
But with bullying not going away any time soon.
officials say it will take a lot more than words to
And it would cause more and more and more, to the
point that I was weak, and pretty much tried to end
16 year old Haley Martella is no stranger to bullying.
As someone who's traveled through foster care.
as well as being a mom.
she says bullying has taken its toll.
I just felt pretty worthless.
I didn't feel like I was supposed to be here.
as well as others.
stood with Mayor Kabat in an effort to defeat bullying
I just think people need to learn that what you're
doing is hurting everyone else.
Members from the Coulee Region Compassion alliance
believe they are changing the way people talk about
bullying and compassion.
The whole notion that you can more done with an affirmative
approach, rather than a deficit approach I think is
really taking hold in La Crosse, and there's a lot
of differenct organizations.
lot of people talking about better serving our community.
But officials say it's not just children that need
to be involved.
Far too often, we compartmentalize and minimize this
issue to the schoolhouse, and what that ends up doing
is liberating the adults from leaning in to some of
the difficult conversations.
Because as adults, we need to take a mirror to our
own personal conduct.
I don't know if we've moved the needle on reducing
bullying yet, but what we are doing is creating awareness
and getting more people, especially parents, Edit
getting them engaged, more invovled, and more aware.
But Martella says it will take more than just talk
to finish the job.
People need to think, before they act.
In LAX, EJ, N8.
Officials would like to remind everyone about 'Unity
Day' next Wednesday.
It's a chance for everyone to wear orange in an effort
to stand up against bullying.
and stand united for kindness.
News 8 is a proud member of the Coulee Region Compassion