Kyra Adams and Alek Soriano are seniors at Lower Cape May Regional High School, but hang out in very different crowds. Kyra loves to be on stage and Alek spends his nights on the football field.
Together Kyra says they are fighting against something a bit bigger. "One of our main focuses is definitely acceptance and tolerance."
They are standing up to bullies. "I see it on the football field. I see it when I am walking from class to class," said Soriano.
As peer leaders they hope a little bit of guidance will end bullying at their school.
"They have school dances and support groups, and all kinds of events to make students feel like they have a place they can go. That they are not alone," said District Anti-Bullying Coord., Peter Daly.
It isn't just the students who are fighting back, many local officials are also in support of the cause. Including the Cape May County Prosecutor's Office. They even have a strong initiative against cyber-bullying.
"Cyber-bullying can go on 24 hours a day, seven days a week." If a bullying scenario were to escalate to harassment, Cape May County Prosecutor Robert Taylor says the case could end up in the hands of police.
He is encouraging parents to step up and pay attention to their children's online activity. Especially when it comes to Facebook and Twitter. "If you are letting your children do this and you are not monitoring what your children are doing they could get into serious trouble."
While the ultimate goal is to put a stop to bullying all together, the first step is speaking up, even if you are just a bystander.
The Cape May County Prosecutor's Office is hosting a bullying and domestic violence prevention conference in March.
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