MINNEAPOLIS (WCC) – Students against bullying rallied at the Capitol Saturday, demanding tougher laws against bullying.
Those who attended the rally, which took place at noon, wore orange — the color o the bullying prevention movement.
Speakers at the rally included the author of a stronger anti-bullying bill, a student who had suffered under bullying and the actor Colin Ford, of the movie “We Bought A Zoo,” who addressed the group via Skype.
The idea for the rally started with a public policy class at Mounds Park Academy. Four seniors formed a group called Students Demanding Change, and they partnered with the PACER Center, a Minnesota-based anti-bully organization, to hold the rally.
Sydney Eberwein, one the students leading Students Demanding Change said, “The students’ voice isn’t really heard on the issue of bullying prevention. It’s usually just legislators talking about it. We wanted to have our voice out there, because it is a student issue.”
Every day, more than 160,000 kids miss school fearing an attack or intimidation by other students, according to the PACER Center.