Battling Bullies With Blue

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Friday, November 12, 2010 - 10:14am

Minnesota teen organizes fashion rally to draw attention to bullying.

A Minnesota high school student who has been fed up with bullying going on in her school and around the country, took a stand for the cause on Wednesday by asking her classmates to wear blue for the day.

"I just think everyone needs to be treated appropriately," says 14-year-old Sabrina Schlichting.

Walking down the hallways of Lincoln High School, Schlichting can barely see over most of her classmates.

She is just 4'11'' tall, but what she lacks in height, she makes up for in rhetoric.

"Bruises and bangs, those may heal but sometimes people's hearts don't heal and sometimes when they hear hurtful things they can't find the strength inside to say 'Oh that's not true,'" Schlichting says about bullying she's experienced first hand.

The issue first started getting national attention after Joel Burns an openly gay city council member in Texas, took twelve minutes out of an October meeting to shed light on the growing issue.

"For those that are feeling alone tonight, I understand how you feel," Burns said back on October 10, 2010.

"I think back to when we were freshmen and I was her age and I honestly don't think I would have the courage to do this," says Sabrina's Principal Greg Berge.

Sabrina plans on having more "blue days" at school and wants to see the "blue" trend spread nationwide.
 

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