New bullying prevention protocol established at Thornton school

THORNTON, Colo. -- October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and Westgate Community School in Thornton is rolling out a new protocol with students.

It’s called "Enough, Walk and Talk."

“When people are being picked on, sometimes they don`t have a good way to let the other person know, 'Hey this needs to stop,' and, 'I'm not feeling proper,'” student Jasmine Jackson said.

If that happens, a student should first say “Enough,” and make a specific hand symbol to show that.

If that doesn’t work, the student can walk away, and if that doesn’t work they can find a teacher and talk.

“Through practice, we are going to be able to empower all of our students to do that,” said Autumn Washington, a counselor at the school.

The school will also start a kindness box, working with to nominate students for rewards.

Plus, the staff is encouraging inclusion.

At the beginning of the year, staff installed two buddy benches on the playground. If a student doesn’t have anyone to play with, they can sit on the bench.

Then other students know that child needs a friend to play with.

Students say they are encouraged.

“The positivity level has gone up tremendously,” Kailey Wilcox said.