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Local school stands up to bullying with dance, new program

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TROY, N.Y. – A local middle school is taking a stand against bullying, by hosting a school dance.

When Sadie Gardner was in the third grade, she remembers being bullied.

"It really hurt, I'm a friendly person," said Sadie.

That's why Friday night she was at Knickerbacker Middle School's second ‘Dance Away Bullying' event which kicked off the school wide program against bullying.

Sadie encourages people, "Don't be a bystander, just speak up."

"Bullying is not going to be accepted here at Knickerbacker," said Principal Shaun Paolino.

He explains that Friday was a celebration and a chance for students to unite against the problem of bullying. 

The new program being kicked off will educate students on how to spot bullying and alert the right people. The dance itself is an opportunity for students to put their differences aside and show off their dance moves.

"Make kids get along. Dance is supposed to be like a good thing, fun and chill," explained one eighth grader.

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