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Anti-Bullying Pep Rally Held at Western Sussex Boys & Girls Club

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SEAFORD, Del. - The Western Sussex and Laurel Boys and Girls Clubs came together Wednesday afternoon for a special presentation to help prevent bullying.

The program was planned before they learned Dover police are investigating what is being described as a "brutal assault" on a juvenile on a school bus. The incident happened as the bus was traveling home from Central Parkway Academy in Dover, police said. They added that investigators were monitoring social media activity when they discovered an "extremely disturbing" video of the attack. The video shows at least four boys attacking the male victim by repeatedly punching and kicking him.

WBOC showed attendees the video. Amir Strean is a student and one of the older members of the Boys and Girl’s club. He couldn’t believe what he saw.

“The people behind, the people that were standing by the boy didn’t even do nothing [sic].”

And that is exactly what the Boys and Girls Clubs of Delaware are trying to stop. At Wednesday’s event they held a pep rally featuring the group SHOUT B Cause, whose message is “NBD,” or “No Bullying Delaware.”

According to Chris Couch, the executive director of the Western Sussex Boys and Girls Club, he hopes the presentation will teach a valuable lesson, especially after the Dover bus incident.

“It’s unfortunate something like that would happen and that’s why we had this group come by,” he explained. “So that we can make differences with the kids and make positive choices so those things do not happen.”

The kids attending the rally cheered and danced with the presenters, who had a green mascot named Jurdy leading the charge against bullying. With signs and chants they explained to the audience what to do if they see bullying and why they should stop it.

“See if they can stop, or tell a teacher, tell your mom or dad, tell somebody that’s nearby or ask them if they can please stop,” 10-year-old David Morris said.

Strean said he learned a lot as well.

“Not bullying people is real special because you don’t know the type of impact you can have on somebody’s life.”

Organizers said they hope by bringing older kids in to the program, they will show a good example to the younger generation. Like Bobby Lea Rawstrom.

“I learned about different abbreviates that stand for different things,” she said. “Like BFF not only stands for ‘best friend forever’ but also stands for ‘bullies fizzle fast’ when you shine the truth on them.”

The Boys and Girls Clubs in Sussex and Kent Counties receive funding for these kinds of programs through the Delaware Criminal Justice Council.

Police said the department has launched an extensive investigation into the incident and will utilize any resources needed to hold the suspects responsible.

WBOC contacted Central Parkway Academy for comment. The woman who answered the phone said the school had no comment before she abruptly hung up.

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