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.

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