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Quincy Public Schools invite speaker in for national anti-bullying month


October is national anti-bullying month, and today Quincy Public Schools took another big step in trying to minimize bullying.

The nationwide tour called "True Lies" took the stage at Quincy Junior High to show kids the scars bullying can leave behind.

Quincy Junior High like many schools have dealt with its fair share of bullying, that's why they brought in anti-bullying speaker Phil Chalmers, who had a message that really hit home with kids Wednesday.

"Bullying is not something kids should have to come to school every day and deal with," said Deja Gay, an 8th grader at Quincy Junior High.

"Kids just provoking negative things, that's just something that needs to stop and we're the only ones that can control that," said Asher Hines, an 8th grader at Quincy Junior High.

And that's exactly what Phil Chalmers was aiming to teach kids today.

Chalmers travels all around the country teaching kids the dangers of anything from bullying to drug abuse.

"Some of the edgy stuff I'm going to show you some of it's shocking," said Chalmers.

And it had to be.

Because as Chalmers has come to find out, to truly get through to kids you *have* to shock them.

"Kids think they're bullet proof, they think they're never going to die they can't see past what's right in front of them, they don't see the consequences," said Chalmers.

and that's why officials at Quincy Junior High say these types of assemblies are pivotal.

"He's going to send the message to our student body and to our staff that bullying is not allowed at Quincy Junior High school and that we will intervene," said Rick Owsley, QJHS' Assistant Principal. 

And it's a message that clearly hit home for some students.

"I've seen kids be bullied and I did not step in," said Hines, "and I feel like next time after seeing today I will step in," he said.


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