Anti-bullying message loud, clear

ByWendy Cawthon,
Monday, January 26, 2015
Singer Tristan Blaine from Frisco, Texas performs during the Houston-based Allstar Nation Anti-Bullying Concert Tour at Spring Forest Middle School in Houston, Texas on Monday.
Alan Warren

HOUSTON -- With rising awareness about bullying and cyber-bullying in schools, many students and parents are looking for new ways to stop bullying at the source. One organization believes that engaging with students through music is a good place to start.

The Allstar Nation Tour is a music tour that visits middle and high schools across the country to teach students about the dangerous effects of bullying. Students at Spring Forest Middle School and 16 other area schools were on this month's concert tour schedule to learn about the effects of bullying and how to prevent it in their own schools.

According to a survey from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 20 percent of high school students in Texas said they have experienced bullying at school, and 13 percent said they have experienced online or cyber-bullying. And while the CDC argues that bullying is not always a direct cause of suicide, it does contribute to feelings of hopelessness and depression that can raise the risk of suicide in teens.

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