Has your child ever came home from school saying he or she was bullied?
Well, they are not alone. Bullying is a problem across the tri-states.
But tonight, one group of high schoolers is taking a creative approach to stop bullying in their school.
The hallways at Central Lee Middle School in Donnellson, Iowa are filled with kids rushing to and from classes each day, but students say the halls are also home to bullying.
"Hallways and buses were the biggest areas for bullying because there is less teacher supervision, which isn't really a surprise because without adults, students tend to be more rowdy," said tenth grader Breanna Kramer.
That's why students like Breanna Kramer at Central Lee High School have entered the Iowa Governor Terry Branstad bully video contest, to show younger students at the middle school that bullying is not okay.
Central Lee High School counselor Angie Moore said is another effective way to promote anti-bullying messages to students.
"Studies show that kids listen to their peers more often than teachers and parents and you know we can say whatever we want to those kids, but what they hear from their peers really makes more of a difference," said Moore.
Kramer is one of the students who started a community problem solving project last year to combat bullying in the middle school.
In the last year the group has started a random act of kindness initiative to promote doing good deeds.
The group has also created a bully locker, where students can anonymously report incidents by placing pieces of paper inside.
Camille Adhar is in the group and said she felt it was important to start teaching students early, about bullying.
"We felt that if we started young we could help them develop characteristics that they could use their whole life," said Adhar.
The winner of the governor's video contest gets $500 to use towards anti-bullying initiatives.
If you'd like to vote for Center al Lee's video you can click the link below.
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