LEXINGTON, Ky. (10/17/13) – October is National Bullying Awareness Month, and the 16Ways foundation is working to put a stop to bullying in schools.
The 16Ways foundation in Lexington celebrated a new partnership with the Police Athletic League along with the Lafayette High School football squad Thursday night at the Charles Young Center. The new partnership encourages Lafayette football players to lead the anti-bullying initiative.
“I was a kid before, and I know how it was being a kid. It wasn't like it is today,” said 16Ways Executive Director Lamont Love. “We didn't have Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. We didn't pick on each other. You might fight, but then you love each other the next day. We're missing that right now in this country. It's not there anymore. I want kids to have the youth that I had.”
Eric Shaw Sr. is the head coach of Lafayette High School football. He said his football squad will serve as ambassadors for the program in the hallways of their school.
“As a football player, especially in high schools, the football team is usually the big brother of the school anyway. Because of the numbers, there's a lot of eyes to be able to see that type of behavior going on,” said Shaw. “They've been encouraged to address it, find an adult, and let the adult deal with it.”
Evan Shaw is on Lafayette's football squad. He said the program is going to have a positive impact on the school, adding the team has put stickers on their football helmets that promote anti-bullying.
“It's going to help a lot of kids know how to identify bullying, and how they can help to stop it,” said Shaw. “I plan on just being a leader, not just on the football field, but in the classroom.”
LaFayette High School Principal Bryne Jacobs said words can't describe how very proud he is of the football team and its leaders.
“When you think about bullying in a historical sense, you think of the big, macho football player walking down the hall pushing the little guy into the locker,” said Jacobs. “To know that our football players are the ones wearing those anti-bullying stickers and taking this stand against bullying, it's impactful.”
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