Wichita students march to support anti-bullying movement

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WICHITA, Kan. -- Students across Wichita did their part in supporting a national anti-bullying movement, the Million T-Shirt March.

Today students across the country are taking this pledge to take a stance against bullying.

"It hurts because it makes people think you are weak or you can't handle things," said Destiny Ramirez-Perkins.

Within this crowd of students, many have experience bullying at one time. Destiny said she's one of them. She said "people would bully just for being different. for being different than me and not like they are."

Today she and her fellow students at Mayberry Cultural and Fine Arts Magnet School are marching against it, sporting anti-bullying t-shirts.

Mayberry Principal Eric Hofer-Holdeman said "this is all apart of a nation wide effort. Million T-Shirt march. we had approximately one hundred t-shirts sold."

The goal with the national Million T-Shirt March was to have at least a million students wear the shirts to bring awareness on bullying. Mayberry 8th grade student, Aurora Wondra, said " we're hurting our country and our kids and all around the world people are hurting."

It's not only a pledge to not bully others, but prevent it. Principal Hofer-Holdeman said "if they witness bullying and if they witness students bullying to report it to an adult."

And over across town at Horace Mann Dual Language Magnet School, the student body participated in a parade through the streets to support the cause.

While Destiny says she was bullied in the past, she is not letting it get her down, "you always have to be yourself. you can't let people define what you do or who you are."

Whether it was signing a pledge not to bully or throwing a parade, schools all over Wichita are making it clear they want to get rid of bullying in their hallways.

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