Riverside Elementary fifth-grader starts anti-bullying club

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Riverside Elementary School fifth-grader Carson Caldwell hangs a poster promoting the anti-bullying club that he formed.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 11:08 AM.

CRESTVIEW — Seeing a Riverside Elementary School student harass a classmate is what spurred fifth-grader Carson Caldwell into action.

“There was a child that was being pretty mercilessly harassed, for lack of a better word,” Assistant Principal Kelli Sanders said.

The bullied child had not reported the incidents to school staffers, who only learned of the problem when the student started having a high absentee rate.

“We hate that we don't always know, but kids don't want to be a snitch,” Sanders said.

Carson, on the other hand, witnessed it.

"There was bullying going on in the school," he said. "There's been physical contact. I've been told some harsh words."

And he decided to do something about it.

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