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QJHS students "Stand Up Speak Out" against bullying

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

Parents as you send your kids off to school, here's something to think about.

A new study from The PACER National Bullying Prevention Center shows that more than 160,000 students stay home from school each day from fear of being bullied.

October is National Bullying Prevention month.

Bullying in schools is not a new problem but it's definitely a continuing problem in schools across the nation, and it's something Quincy Junior High Officials take very seriously.

QJHS Principal Dan Sparrow says it's especially important to stop bullying at the junior high age, before it becomes a habit.

To make students feel comfortable reporting instances of bullying, the school has implemented a bullying report form.

Since the forms were introduced two years ago, Sparrow says reports of bullying shot up by 49%.

"We've seen an increase in the last year, of the number of reports, which most people would view as a negative, we view as a positive because students feel trusting of the staff that there is actually help here and that something can be done," said Sparrow.

The school nominates student leaders each month, who have stood up against bullying and also have above average grades.

Sparrow says the school's "Stand Up Speak Out" initiative, where kids pledge to report bullying has helped cut down on bullying as well.

QJHS will continue raising awareness for bullying all this month with different speakers, and class lessons.

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