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Laurel High School students pledge to make a difference

Following recent violent crimes in schools across the nation, students from Laurel High School are hoping a new campaign will help students suffering. (Photo source: WDAM) Following recent violent crimes in schools across the nation, students from Laurel High School are hoping a new campaign will help students suffering. (Photo source: WDAM)
Members from the student council have started the campaign M.A.D., or Making a Difference, in an effort to help students suffering from a variety of problems, such as depression, verbal abuse, peer pressure, bullying and suicide. (Photo source: WDAM) Members from the student council have started the campaign M.A.D., or Making a Difference, in an effort to help students suffering from a variety of problems, such as depression, verbal abuse, peer pressure, bullying and suicide. (Photo source: WDAM)
LAUREL, MS (WDAM) -

Following recent violent crimes in schools across the nation, students from Laurel High School are hoping a new campaign will help students suffering.

Members from the student council have started the campaign M.A.D., or Making a Difference, in an effort to help students suffering from a variety of problems, such as depression, verbal abuse, peer pressure, bullying and suicide.

"M.A.D. stands for making a difference," student Jessica Thompson said. "What we want to focus on is a lot of destructive issues like bullying, suicide and depression. A lot of things that normally no one wants to talk about."

Sensitive topics now bold in black and white gaining attention throughout the halls at Laurel High School. 

"Well, this is important to me because I have gone through a lot of these issues myself and I know my classmates have as well," Thompson said. "And they don't have anywhere to go or know who to talk to and they don't know how to deal with these issues."

Three new resources are available for students to use. 

"Within the M.A.D. campaign we give students three tools to use which are, the M.A.D. Peer Group, Canopy Children's Safe Place and the Tornado Tip Line," student Jajuan Wade said.

From making anonymous tips to getting peer advice and helping through safe places, it's a campaign geared for a healthier life.

"What we are hoping comes from this campaign is that you will be a voice," student Tamia Taylor said. "There may be students that are silent and not willing to come forward, but if you know something is going on with a child you will be that voice for them. Be the change you want to see."

Students are given a token to be reminded, they can pledge to make a difference.

"We do not want anyone in the school district to become a statistical number," Wade said.

"These issues are important,"  Thompson added. "This is important to not only us, but we want it to be important to them too."

"I pledge to be M.A.D., making a difference," Students said.

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