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Local school turns to YouTube to support anti-bullying

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CONWAY,SC (WMBF) – October is Bullying Prevention Month and students at Whittemore Park Middle School turned to YouTube to promote that there are no "blurred lines" for tolerating bullies.

Danielle Watson, a Whittemore Park Middle School 6th grade science teacher, encouraged students and staff to join forces to create a video supporting the fight against bullies. The class wrote a song, "Whittemore Stands Up," to the tune of the chart-topping song, "Blurred Lines," by Robin Thicke.  They created a video highlighting the song lyrics and posted it to YouTube as part of the schools anti-bullying campaign.

Watson uses music as an outlet for teaching science, but also to encourage important life lessons.  She says it makes learning fun, and helps them understand that bullying "can be hazardous to a person's life."

Governor Nikki Haley issued a proclamation on October 7, declaring that October be designated as Bullying Prevention month.  A press release by the Governor's office encourages the state of South Carolina to keep schools and communities bully-free. 

More than 33 percent of students report being bullied in classrooms, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

The video created by Whittemore Park Middle School, posted less than a week ago, has been viewed nearly 3,000 times.

Whittemore Park Middle School teachers told WMBF news that they reached out to Robin Thicke for permission to use the tune of his song and to share that it inspired the bullying campaign.

View the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNwM-9EJzm4 

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