Lobos help elementary students 'tackle' bullying
Longview Lobo football players visited all seven LISD elementary schools on Oct. 5 to promote National Bullying Prevention Month.
The team split up and headed to the campuses to discuss what bullying is and the effects it has on people's lives.
"It was incredible to see how passionate these football players were about bullying prevention," said district spokeswoman Sarah LeBus. "The Lobos are celebrities to these kids and when they were told that you can't have bullies on a team because it takes teamwork, it made sense to them."
Each campus has been made aware that Oct. 19 is Unity Day and is encouraged to wear orange. However, each campus will do separate activities to address bullying prevention throughout the month. LeBus added that the football players made a concerted effort to reach out to the younger students
"Bullying starts to effect children at a very early age and they do not realize the damage it can do to someone," said LeBus. "Many cuts go deep and remain with a person into adulthood and shape who they are. It is important for students to understand not only the effect bullying has on others, but also how to stand up for others that are bullied."
Earlier this year LISD requested a proclamation from Texas Governor Gregg Abbott. In response Abbott proclaimed October 2016 as Bullying Prevention Month in the state of Texas.
"We hope that schools across the nation take advantage of this month and promote bullying prevention in every school across the country," LeBus said.