Powell Co. Students Make Stand — And Video — Against Bullying

Posted at 6:34 PM, Dec 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-10 18:34:17-05

POWELL COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Last week Powell County High School students began the day by taking a stance against bullying.

Students, along with help from staffers, produced a video they hope sends a message.

Their teacher calls them a power couple.

“A lot of times when guys join the club, it’s because their girlfriend drags them in,” said Noah Perry. “And that’s how I kind of started.”

As seniors Perry and Kaylee Lane are part of a club that helped the school with the project focused on anti-bullying.

“The goal is just to bring an awareness to bullying, awareness to stopping the violence in schools,” said Ruth Stamper with the Powell County Youth Service Center.

The principal said they only had one shot. One shot to shoot a video they hope will have a great impact.

The result? Nearly 700 students and staffers showed up to shoot the lip-synced video.

And it was all to fight bullying.

“Twenty-four percent of cyber-bullying never gets reported, and only 15 percent overall of bullying does get reported,” said Lane.

During a survey taken earlier this year in Powell County found about 80 percent of students feel they have a staff member on campus to whom they can confide, but many say getting students to report an issue remains a struggle.

On Monday, students took their stance a step further by signing pledges committing themselves to not bullying others.

“It could be one lifeline for somebody that’s just being pushed too far at a time when we see terrible things happening in schools, every day,” said Perry. “I mean, if nobody’s doing anything, it’s only going to get worse.”