Hattiesburg middle school students take a stand against bullying

Hattiesburg middle school students take a stand against bullying

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Students at N.R. Burger Middle School in Hattiesburg wore orange to take a stand against bullying for Unity Day on Wednesday .

Unity Day is the signature event of PACER's National Bullying Prevention Month. PACER said the call to action is to wear and share the color orange to show support for those who are bullied.

Students, parents, educators, schools and organizations were encouraged to wear orange and share messages of support on social media using #UnityDay2017.

PACER said that by wearing orange, they are encouraging conversation about bullying prevention

Students at N.R. Burger Middle School not only wore orange, but some students signed a pledge stating that they will speak out any time they see any form of bullying.

School officials sid they have strict policies against bullying and that they've implemented programs to prevent it.

"We've implemented something called "Air It Out," guidance counselor Sommer Guerin said. "Which is a system that we implemented for our students to utilize. "A" stands for avoid conflicts and distractions, "I" stands for ignore conflicts and distractions, and "R" stands for report issues."

PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center was founded in 2006 and said they "actively leads social changes so that bullying is no longer considered an accepted childhood rite of passage."