B.I.O.N.I.C. program now tackling bullies

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. -- In the aftermath of the Columbine High School shooting about a decade ago, Green Mountain High School experienced eight suicides in nine months.

School leaders knew something had to be done to help save lives.

That's when counselor, Sandy Austin came up with the BIONIC (Believe It Or Not I Care) Program, which set up teams of teens to help kids new to the school deal with high school.

“We know how well the BIONIC program has been accepted world-wide so now we decided to take things to the next level by adding the Prevent Bullying component, which says Just Say H. I. to kids you see being bullied,” said Sandy Austin. “Our research has shown that when 20 people witness someone being harassed and no one does anything, that can cause the target to become afraid to even go to school. Our new videos are aimed at all grade levels we hope they help kids cope with the whole issue from cyber to lunchroom bullying.”

Videos can be downloaded from the website www.bionicteam.org.

There are brochures and school flyers the team can even provide along with other info about all the programs begun right here in the metro area. If you need more info call 303-982-9402.

2 comments

  • Hyacinth Smith

    . If you turn and face the other way when someone is being bullied, you might as well be the bully too.f someone dressed like one of us and he was not one of us, most likely he would be a target. Either he would have to join our gang or get himself hurt.kids who witness bullying feel powerless and seldom intervene. However, kids who take action can have a powerful and positive effect on the situation .Lets cheer, bulling is not accepted here!Bullies are not cool they’re just cruel .Bullying? Be Smart, Don’t Start Keep in mind To be kind Cos bullying’s mean And not to be seen. Be safe bring protection with you at http://safekidzone.com/#!/page_home.

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