Reporting Brad Segall
By Brad Segall
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) – The children of Gotwals Elementary School in Norristown rallied on the steps of the Montgomery County Courthouse yesterday in an effort to put an end to bullying.
Students and teachers of the Million T-Shirt March demonstrated strength in numbers as they made their voices heard to county officials. The march is the culmination of a year-long effort to encourage kids to speak out against bullies.
Principal Jeanette Fernandez says that it’s important for the kids to take a stand and they will remember it forever. Fernandez thinks that the endeavor is making a difference in her school.
“I think we’re giving a clear message: ‘say no to bullies.’”
Third grader Rachel Poley who writes for the student newspaper says that it is important to stop bullying because kids are afraid to come to school and won’t learn. Poley knows kids who have been a victim of bullying and explains how they feel.
“They were really sad; they didn’t want to tell because they knew they would just — the bully would come back and hurt them.”
Third Grader Bibiaman Amabrosi, another writer for the school news paper, says that Gotwals tries to help students who are bullied at school. She says she knows kids who have been bullied.
“They don’t want to go to school; they’re scared to come to school because the bullies are so mean.”