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We all want to provide our children with a safe, inclusive, supportive and healthy environment in which to learn and grow. 

Our schools cannot combat bullying alone - it takes a group of concerned community members working in partnership with the schools and law enforcement to make change happen.

So let's start talking about bullying. With our neighbors. With our friends and family. With fellow parents at PTA meetings. And with each other.


OUR MISSION:  to create a community where bullying, violence and harassment is unacceptable.
Our  community can shape its own future – 
                                                will you join us in our efforts?
Bullying damages the physical, social, and emotional well-being of its victims. It also hurts the children who bully, as well as those who watch it happen. In fact, bullying creates a climate of fear, callousness, and disrespect for everyone involved.
Bullying IS learned, harmful, and controllable
Bullying SPREADS if supported or left unchecked
Bullying INVOLVES everyone—bullies, victims, and bystanders
Bullying CAN BE STOPPED when victims and bystanders learn and apply new ways to stand up against bullying


Why Support Stand UP Speak OUT?

Whether it is cruel words, punches or harassing email or tweets, bullying has reached epidemic proportions.

Each day, an estimated 160,000 students stay home from school because they are afraid of being bullied, and 1 in every 4 students in middle and high school are bullied, according to national statistics.  

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The Stand UP! Speak OUT! campaign increases awareness of the violence surrounding youth and young adults, and empowers students and Catawba Valley community members to take action by refusing to be bystanders. Stand UP! Speak OUT! helps students and parents who are coping with bullying on multiple levels, including physical, emotional, verbal and cyber bullying which is a major cause for increasing levels of teen suicide.

You are helping Stand UP! Speak OUT! with its mission to help our schools and community prevent bullying and make schools safe for every student to learn and become an amazing adult.  



What our schools are doing to prevent bullying:

In 2012 Catawba County Schools partnered with Rachel’s Challenge to provide all 28 schools an aligned framework for addressing bullying and creating a positive environment for ALL students throughout the district.  Check out their website for  more details about Rachel's Challenge.

Hickory City Schools are implementing Olweus Bullying Prevention Program

Hickory Public Schools, in partnership with Public School Works, is providing new reporting system to help students to report bullying or safety issues.

Newton-Conover Schools launch NCCS Stop-a-Crime Facebook page





  •  1 in 5 students admits to being a bully or doing some bullying.
  •  56% of students have witnessed some type of bullying at school.
  •  71% of students report bullying as an on-going problem
  •  Nearly 45% of kids have been bullied online and 20% of students admitted to cyberbullying others.  
  •  Over 14% of high school students have considered suicide, and almost 7% have attempted it.
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STAY SAFE! SPEAK UP!

Have you been bullied? Received threats?
Have you noticed suspicious behavior? 

For all concerns, including: bullying, drugs/alcohol abuse, suicide/self-abuse, sexual assault, fights/violence/abuse, weapons, thefts/vandalism, health concerns including HIV/Aids--you now have a confidential reporting system.

Hickory Public Schools, in partnership with Public School Works, is providing this new reporting system to help students to report bullying or safety issues.

CALL: 1.866.listen2me or go to the link on the HPS homepage--listed under "Students" and "Parents."

STAY SAFE and SPEAK UP!
If you think you are in crisis, if this is an emergency, or you need immediate assistance, call 911
or, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 
at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) immediately.

STOMP Out Bullying™ live chat is there to help youth ages 13-24 with issues of being bullied, cyberbullied and for those who may be at-risk for suicide.

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