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West Sabine students tackle the issue of bullying


The issue of bullying inside the classroom has become a major concern across the nation. Some very talented Deep East Texas students decided to tackle the issue with a self produced lip dub video.

The video was done to the song "Gold" by contemporary Christian artist, Brit Nicole. The Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) students at West Sabine High School said it took three days of planning and two tries to get the video perfect.

"The song really relates to the bullying of boys and girls," FCCLA President Kaitlyn Neal said. "You're worth more than gold, which means you are worth more than what you seem like. It can teach you to not let stuff get to you."

The students included most of the junior high and high school with around 250 student participating. The students that participated say that they never had an issue with doing it.

"I thought it was a really good idea, senior Chelsey Nichols said. "Personally, I have been bullied and I feel there is a need for something to be done, because you never know when those last hateful words you say could be the last words that that person hears."

We also realize that it is not just our school," Neal said. "We thought if we did a video, we could put it on youtube and people could watch it and see that there is a problem."

The FCCLA students were actors in the video and said that it was hard to take on the part of the bully.

"You kind of have that anger a little bit, and it's a totally different role just being given and you just try your best not to take it out of proportion," Nichols said.

When the video was shot by two Pineland residents and presented to the students, the group said it was hard to see how they acted in the video.

"When I watched it, I started crying," freshman Madison Stancomb said. " It was totally different."

They also hope that there video is not just something cool to watch, but actually presents a good message.

"People think that it is just a joke, freshman Katelyan Lane said. "I've been bullied and it's not a joke. It hurts. Why would you even say it if you were just joking?"

The students have submitted the video to the FCCLA National office in Virginia. They are hoping that the video is used for the "Stop the Violence Campaign".

To see the complete lip dub video, click here.

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