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Students Walk Miles to Connect Against Bullying
SHS visits GHS, staff and students speak out
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Greenwich, CT | Added on October 05, 2013 At 05:47 AM

Students from Stamford High School walked nearly six miles from their school to Greenwich High School Friday morning to spread awareness on bullying. 

Members of the Center for Youth Leadership joined members of the Mayor's Youth Leadership Council at Greenwich High school with two banners in response school's anti-bullying efforts.  

GHS Connections was started by a group of students the day after the recent suicide tragedy of former student Bart Palosz. Staff and students say since then the school community has shown great progress in coming together with programs and activities.  

"I think you need to change the roots of the community and the basis of the community and basic general understanding throughout the school that bullying won't be accepted," said GHS Connection Founder Elias Frank. "It won't be tolerated, there will always be people here as you see right now, there will always be people on your side, always there to support you." 

"Most of the bullying here is alienation," said senior Blake Sherwyn, "People feeling left out, so if we try to get everyone included, make them feel like they're part of something, I think that would make a difference." 

Staff say since the tragedy numerous support services have been developed in the school. 

"We have a Greenwich High School hotline now," said Kim Gillick. "We have a Greenwich High School website now that kids can go to report any kind of bullying." 

"By having a large, great foundation I think the entire sense of community within our school is going to change for the better," said Frank.

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