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CMS students tackle bullying at 3rd Annual Engage Summit

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Charlotte – Mecklenburg schools (CMS) students are tackling bullying in their schools. About 100 CMS students participated in the third annual Engage Summit.

The purpose of the summit is to have students come up with strategies to curb bullying.  Organizers say the summit is needed to help students succeed in school.

"Anything that is going to get in the way of a child's ability to learn," CMS representative John Concelman said. "To have the safe environment to learn is something we need to be sitting down at the table altogether."
  
Students from about 30 different schools shared with their peers about what is working at their schools.  At Northwest school of the Arts, students created a mentoring program to help their classmates who are dealing with bullying.

"We are going to help students out," Northwest School of the Arts Student Mentor Damara Garcia-Garcia said. "The younger ones because we can be role models, listen to them and teach them ways to express themselves."

Northwest School of the Arts students also developed a program that helps boost students' confidence to report and confront bullying.

Students say this engagement is good because bullying still happens at their schools.  Students say at Northwest school of the Arts bullying can take on a different form. 

"We're an Arts school," Garcia-Garcia said. "There's competition and things like that can get nasty and those things do hurt people.  If you take it to the extreme - calling people names."

This type of summit is working.  Other school districts around the state now want to duplicate what CMS is doing.  Those school districts say they want to find ways to handle bullying.

CMS partnered with the US Attorney's Office to organize the Engage Summit.  It cost the school district nothing to put on the summit.  Sponsors stepped up to pay for the Summit.

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