COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -Signs, shirts and students sending a message.
“Stand up for what’s right for the school and we’re trying to get rid of what bullying is,” Parker Drechsel said.
Drechsel was one of several Coeur d’Alene High School students that approached Principal Troy Schuller with the idea of National Unity Day.
“They wanted to stand up and do what's right for everyone,” Schuller said.
The 2017 Idaho Youth Risk Behavior Survey, completed last spring by over 1,800 students grades nine through 12 in Idaho, found one in four students reported they were bullied at school and 20% were bullied on social media.
The Coeur d’Alene School District said, “We have been working to strengthen our classroom and school environments through resiliency and advisory classes in the middle schools and high schools."
The students, district wide, are the ones spear-heading the cause.
“I have younger siblings and I don't want them to come to a community or an environment where it's hard for them to feel safe and secure,” Brittany Cynova, a student at Coeur d’Alene High School said.
To find the survey, click here: www.sde.idaho.gov/student-engagement/school-health/files/youth/2017-Youth-Risk-Behavior-Survey-Results.pdf