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Anti-bullying campaign rallies at the Capitol

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By: Cole Miller
cmiller@klkntv.com

The rally at the Capitol on Friday drew supporters of all ages and backgrounds.

Their motto is simple, stand for the silent, and it's sweeping across the state.

Students, teachers, a motivational speaker and even a state senator are all pledging their support for those who have been bullied. Their hope is to one day end bullying.

"I see a lot of little kids out here from elementary school and I'm hoping it'll show them that bullying isn't fun," ninth-grader, Sidney Christle, said.  

"I don't want to get bullied and I don't want to see any of my friends get bullied," Colin Jones, third grade, said.
 
"It's a growing problem. The negative side effects of bullying can be very serious, whether it be depression to self harming to suicide," Sen. Amanda McGill said.

During the day, students and their peers across the country stood during class to raise awareness. Here in Nebraska, more than 60,000 individuals and organizations took the pledge against bullying.

The Stand for the Silent Campaign was started by Kirk Smally of Oklahoma. His son committed suicide after being bullied. Kirk has been to Lincoln a couple of time to talk to students.

This particular campaign goes throughout the month of April.

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