This is the second year in a row that Lancaster's students, teachers and parents have celebrated the start of Bullying Prevention Month in their city.
Dozens turned out to watch their mayor and city council sign a Not in Our Town proclamation declaring Lancaster's schools a safe zone from intolerance and hate.
Just like last year, Mayor R. Rex Harris joined with local school district administrators to officially sign the proclamation that challenges local leaders and students to stand up to bullying in their schools.
Here's the full proclamation:
WHEREAS schools make substantial contributions to the future of America and to the development of our young people as responsible and productive citizens; and
“This is important for every school, because bullying has gotten to be a big issue that needs to be addressed,” sixth-grade teacher Lisa Harmon told the Times. “It needs to be addressed starting in kindergarten, so that’s what we’re doing.”
The four school districts from around the Antelope Valley in Southern California have all pledged to honor the month with events and activities in their schools dedicated to getting the word out about their stand against bullying.
But administrators have also been dedicated to promoting anti-bullying efforts in their schools year round - Piute Middle School even sends its students as embassadors to other local schools, where they teach younger students about bullying through skits and workshops.
Check out some of the other ideas schools from the Antelope Valley have been trying out to help their students stand up to bullying in their classes.