Waco: Students Learn How to Stand Up to Bullying

By: Nadia Galindo Email
By: Nadia Galindo Email

WACO (December 7, 2012)--A group of student leaders at Cesar Chavez Middle School completed two days of training today to help reduce incidents of bullying and misbehavior.

The Safe School Ambassador training program teaches students how to take a proactive approach by using non-violent communication and intervention skills.

"Bullying is no longer an obvious thing," Matthew Stratman, Cesar Chavez teachers said. "They don't feel like they can approach us (teachers) and ask us for help so they take matters into their own hands."

The selected students for the program are socially influential leaders that have a tendency towards social justice.

"In other words, kids who are willing to stand up for what they think is right even if its not the popular thing to do," Stratmann said.

It's the second year the program is being used at Cesar Chavez Middle School. Teachers are hoping the program will help prevent incidents like what happened Tuesday at the school.

Three boys and a girl were caught as a fight was progressing.

One boy was found with a toy gun and a girl was found with a non-working BB gun.

"We have leaders of all the various groups, the cliques all in one place and for the first time in their entire lives they are sitting down and having a meaningful conversation with each other," Stratmann said.

Students in the program say they are ready to help make their school a safer place.

"If you know how to prevent it you can stop it," Reyes Hernandez, 8th grade student said.

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