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Norwalk, CT | Added on October 01, 2014 At 12:19 PM

"Bullying has become an accepted part of daily life that is practiced by a lot of people," said Kaela Teele, a member of the Center for Youth Leadership at Brien McMahon.

Bullying is an issue continues to effect schools across the state and across the nation and during Bullying Prevention Month, the Center for Youth Leadership is committed to putting an end to it at Brien McMahon High School.

"The consequences for the victim of bullying can be devastating. According to the Connecticut Commission on Children, 'students who are bullied are more likely to get less sleep, miss school because they feel unsafe, feel depressed, attempt suicide, carry a weapon to school and experience dating violence," said Teele.

Chad Southerland, a guidance counselor at Brien McMahon and a member of the schools climate committee said, "Our goal is to raise awareness and inform the student body. We want to create a culture of acceptance and openness, where every student can feel supported and connected to staff and peers alike."

Last month, Mayor Harry Rilling joined the Mayors Campaign to End Bullying during the United States Conference of Mayors, bringing additional awareness to the issue on a city-wide level.

"We were given a packet of information about bullying and about different activities that we can do [in the City]. I have my city staff working right now and meeting with the Board of Education to see what kinds of things we can bring into the school system that will bring this problem to the forefront," said Mayor Rilling.

The Center for Youth Leadership plans to host many events throughout October bringing awareness about bullying.

"Along with administration and the staff at Brien McMahon, we will be faciliating our annual Senators Don't Bully Day on Wednesday, October 22nd," said Southerland.

"People who are bullied don't want your pity. They want your passion. Pity and empathy see suffering and want to ease the pain. Passion sees injustice and wants to settle the score," said Teele.

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