Teens puts bullying in spotlight

SHEPHERDSTOWN – The 2011-12 school year may be over, but a Shepherdtown teenager isn’t taking a break in her fight to end student bullying.

Lexi Openshaw, Miss Jefferson County’s Outstanding Teen 2012, has organized a walk Friday in Shepherdstown to boost awareness of the problem. The walk will begin at 8 p.m. at St. Agnes Catholic Church at 106 S. Duke St.

Openshaw, who recently finished eigthh-grade at Wildwood Middle School, calls the number of bullying victims nationwide “alarming.” 

Nearly 160,000 children nationwide stay home from school every day to escape being bullied, she said. “It’s time to end all types of bullying,” she said. “So many kids in Jefferson County have been bullied and it’s time for their wounds to heal.”

Those attending the walk are asked to wear purple to support the victims of bullying, Openshaw said.

“In less than one year, my younger brother and I were both victims of bullying,” the 14-year-old said. “Our parents helped us through it and now I want to help others. The first step to ending it, is to stand united against all forms of bullying.”

The walk around Shepherdstown is designed to show support for those who have been bullied and the need to bring it to an end, Openshaw said. Glow sticks will be handed out to everyone walking.

After the walk, refreshments will be served in St. Agnes’ parish center. For more information about the walk, call 304-728-9463 or email blackstar1303@yahoo.com

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