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Gibraltar Area Schools Combat Bullying

Teachers have seen it and students have seen it but they aren't just letting it happen, they're doing various things to stop bullying at Gibraltar Area Schools.

Sophomore Makayla Swain says because her school is fairly small, with a pre-kindergarten through 12th grade student population of about 580, it’s easy to think that bullying wouldn’t happen because everyone knows each other but that can be good and bad.

Freshman and sophomore English teacher Elaine Tripp invited us into her classroom to talk about the Stop the Bullying Campaign two weeks ago and she had each of her students write an anti-bullying message in class. Tripp says the teachers report any bullying they see, but just doing that isn’t an effective way to solve the problem.


Freshman English student Hope Copiskey (right) and her classmates write 60-word messages in Elaine Tripp's class for the and Dr. Jennifer Olson Stop the Bullying Campaign. You can hear the students' messages on the radio stations of 


Recently a group of Gibraltar Middle School students formed an anti-bullying committee to raise awareness about the bullying going on and Tripp says they’ve even taken steps to educate former bullies on the merits of not being a bully.

Swain takes things into her own hands when she sees someone being bullied. As a Peer Leader, she leads by example.

"By just taking that small step and standing up to a bully for someone," says Swain, "you might be making their day because they know that someone is there for them."


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