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Assistant Principal Yevette Harpe (not pictured) has the attention of the front row Lauren Murray, Mikaela McGuire, Kassidy Vaughn, Jesse Lee and Maddy Beier of Rim Country Middle School as she speaks about being a hero instead of a zero concerning bullying and intimidation by their peers.

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Counselors urge middle school students to fight harassment by reporting incidents

Hoping to reduce bullying on the middle school campus, administrators recently held a second assembly to promote respect for others. Students face daunting challenges in middle school, including changes in their bodies, a different schedule and new classmates — which helps make middle school ground zero when it comes to bullying. Ask an adult which stage of their schooling they would not wish to repeat and they unequivocally say “middle school!” said Rim Country Middle School guidance counselor Byron Quinlan.


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