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South Charlotte Middle school wins anti-bullying contest

All students at South Charlotte Middle sign pledge

By Reid Creager

Correspondent

South Charlotte Middle School is all in when it comes to opposing bullying – a feat that won them a celebration.

The school earned a Jan. 24 pep rally/concert featuring the band The Ready Set after faring best in the Charlotte-area CBS Radio “Stand Up, Speak Out” anti-bullying campaign. Each of the school’s 865 students - as well as faculty members - signed an anti-bullying pledge, according to teacher Caitlin McGinnis. Parents also signed the pledge.

Students turned in pledges to their homeroom teachers.

“It definitely took awhile - I would say a month,” McGinnis said of the returning of pledges. “The school just made it a big priority that everyone had to turn one in.”

She said the school’s commitment against bullying is in evidence at the school every day.

“I definitely do not see bullying here. We have a really great school,” she said. “Everyone is pretty nurturing. Honestly, I see a lot of people who try to speak out against bullying, and they work really hard to make sure everyone is welcome.”

J.V. Washam Elementary and Myers Park High were winners in other age categories in the contest, sponsored by local radio stations WPEG-FM and WNKS-FM. Washam had 670 pledges. Myers Park had 245.

Reid Creager is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Reid? Email him at rcreags@voyager.net.
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