Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Webster
Davis Motor Sales banner ad

Muhlenberg Students Take a Stand Against Drugs, Bullies and Social Media Harassment at Chamber Meeting

stand(Photo courtesy STAND)

GREENVILLE, Ky. (5/12/14) — There was a time when the term bullying conjured images of one student pushing or teasing a classmate in the cafeteria.

Unfortunately, bullying, along with teenage use of alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, and an increase in cyberbullying, can have dire consequences including student suicide.

Several students from the Muhlenberg County School System shared what the STAND and Bully Free Forever program messages are during the May 8 Greater Muhlenberg Chamber of Commerce meeting. The meeting, held at the Greenville First Methodist Church, included a close up look at the two programs; 4-H Bully Free Forever program and Students Teaching Against Negative Decisions. These programs are making a positive difference with Muhlenberg students.

Zach Tarter, Allie Poole and Sam Culton are members of STAND, and although all are graduating seniors this year, they each agreed that STAND is creating a positive message that is growing every year. The group now has approximately 100 members at MCHS.

Poole noted that although the group concentrates on making smart decisions when it comes to saying, no to drugs, alcohol and other negative life-altering choices, the group also emphasizes other areas of concern.

"STAND also promotes community service and academic leaderships," Poole said.

Tarter added that it's been inspiring to watch the growth of the STAND program.

"It has grown so fast," Tarter said. "All the students in the county now know what STAND is. The teachers and parents know what it is as well. Just getting the name out there in the public is very important, I think. As far as a positive effect, I just like to go out in public and see the kids wearing the STAND T-shirts and talking about it in a positive way."

Stephanie Caudill, Macie Smith, Lauren Groves and Chandler Johnson represented the Bully Free Forever program, and explained a bit about the program.

Caudill told SurfKY News that the group goes to every elementary school in the county to emphasis that bullying is destructive, widespread and should not be tolerated by students who suffer from its effects.

"We talk about bullying and the different types of bullying with third graders in the county school system," Caudill said. "Bully Free Forever began in 2011 and has been growing ever since."

Chandler Johnson noted that several polls have shown that numerous parts of the school systems along with parents and students agree that bullying is one of the biggest problems in the Muhlenberg County School System.

"We have been going to every elementary school each year," Johnson said. "Bullying includes physical threats, exclusion and cyber-bullying through social media."

The BFF teams dress as super heroes at the various schools, performing skits and showing the best way to deal with bullying when it occurs. One of the main lessons the BFF members try to emphasis is that telling a teacher or principal about someone that is a bully is not tattling.

"We emphasize that telling someone is something that needs to be done," Johnson said. "Whether it's physical, on the internet or whatever, they need to tell an adult in order to stop bullying."

Paul McRee
SurfKY News Reporter

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

button coupons
button classifieds

In Other News...

Owensboro Men's City Golf Tournament Scheduled

OWENSBORO, Ky. (12/26/14) — The 2015 Owensboro Men's City Golf Tournament has been scheduled. Dates for the 2015 event… Read More

The Greatest Gift - The Gift of Life

HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (12/26/14) — This time of year, most of us are busy buying gifts, making plans and celebrating with… Read More

Most Read This Week

December 24, 2014 12582

Christmas Eve Bloody Brawl Erupts on Dulin Street

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Doreen Dennis
December 25, 2014 8541

Gift Returns Done Right

in General News For All Sites by SurfKY News
December 25, 2014 6079

Arrests Made After Dulin Avenue Christmas Eve…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Officer C.P. Haynie
December 25, 2014 4173

Crime Stoppers Top Most Wanted - December 25, 2014

in Video by Crime Stoppers
December 23, 2014 4100

Couple's Alleged Dispute over Blanket Leads to…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
December 22, 2014 3795

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - Dec. 22, 2014

in Hopkins News by Madisonville Police Department
December 20, 2014 3629

KET’s Kentucky Life Segment to Feature Old…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
December 23, 2014 3564

Alleged Theft at Walmart Sends Two to Jail

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
December 23, 2014 3181

Disturbance Results in Vehicle, Foot Pursuit,…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Officer Tyler Russell
December 23, 2014 2953

Hopkins County Grand Jury Indictments

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Karen McKnight

Stories Trending Today

December 25, 2014 8541

Gift Returns Done Right

in General News For All Sites by SurfKY News
December 25, 2014 6079

Arrests Made After Dulin Avenue Christmas Eve…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Officer C.P. Haynie
December 26, 2014 2721

5-Year-Old Boy Kills Buck/Doe

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Randy Adams
December 26, 2014 2271

2014 Looking Back: World Mourns Watson Family…

in Top News For All Sites by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
December 26, 2014 1940

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - Dec. 26, 2014

in Hopkins News by Madisonville Police Department
December 26, 2014 1749

Grab the Best Buys This January

in General News For All Sites by SurfKY News
December 25, 2014 1635

E-cigarettes and Quitting Smoking

in General News For All Sites by SurfKY News
December 25, 2014 1536

SurfKY Spotlight: Hudson Service Center

in Video by Gary Gates, SurfKY News
December 26, 2014 1524

The Greatest Gift - The Gift of Life

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Hopkins Circuit Clerk Karen McKnight
December 26, 2014 1345

Packing Away Christmas Decor Doesn't Have to be…

in Top News For All Sites by SurfKY News

SurfKY News Group, Inc.
Corporate Office & Studio
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431
270.452.2727 (phone)
  •  270.452.2249 (fax)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social fbsocial twsocial yt
social gpsocial flrsocial rss