HINCKLEY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Bullying happens every day in schools across the country. Tuesday, some students in Maine were able to get a better understanding of the issues surrounding bullying and harrassment.
They were given a voice by someone who had been in those shoes and wanted to make a difference following school tragedies. Erahm Christoper decided that he wanted to get this message across after the tragedy that took place at Columbine High School.
It was a day of no-judgement that opened up the eyes of these students as they learned new things about their classmates on the topic of bullying.
"We may not have even known how similar we actually were until we had to be in the situation where we were seeing that we all went through the same things," said student Mackenzie Swift.
Principal Troy Frost says he could see the students working together to put to use the school's three core values.
"It was respect, responsibility and community. Those themes were rung true throughout Erahm's message today," said Frost.
On Monday, Erahm Christopher spoke at both the Mountain View middle school and high school as part of an on-going community approach to dealing with the loss of 13-year-old Kitty Mcquire, a bullying-victim who took her own life last spring.
"Yesterday was awesome. I think that it was overwhelmingly positive, the students were enthusiastic and really keen on the message and I believe it's a very strong, tight-knit community and I think they are definitely moving forward to make it stronger," said Christopher.
Christopher ends the presentation by seeing who in the audience will pledge to make a difference in an effort to stop bullying and harrassment on a daily basis
"That's where the bystander effect comes into action where a person waits for someone else to do something so when a student actually has the courage to get up and do something about it, that's when I realized that they actually get it," said Christopher.
And that, he says, is a catalyst for more students to stand up and do something. For more information on this topic you can visit Teen Truth's website at teentruth.net