EUGENE, Ore. — October is National Bullying Prevention Month and the Boys and Girls Club has a new tool against bullying.
On average, about 200 children and teens walk through the doors of the Boys and Girls Club everyday and now when they step inside, they’ll see a flag reading, “Stop Bullying.” It’s a constant reminder that the club will not tolerate bullying behaviors. It also says “Speak Up,” encouraging kids to say something if they see bullying occur.
The flag has been up for a few days now and the club says it’s already making a difference. “I’ve really seen a change in the kids in the way they’re treating one another. The other day a little boy said he had the perfect opportunity to be mean, but didn’t. So they’re getting it, they’re hearing enough, repeating it enough and realizing the after-effects of it,” says Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Kassey Mosher.
Club directors are also showing videos that encourage kids to respect one another and are having one-on-one discussions with them about what behaviors are appropriate and which ones aren’t.
The club says it will keep the flag up until the end of the year.