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Ridge View students learn lessons on how fight bullying in schools

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Legal Services Director for School Administrators of Iowa, Matt Carver raises awareness about bullying at Ridge View High School. Legal Services Director for School Administrators of Iowa, Matt Carver raises awareness about bullying at Ridge View High School.
HOLSTEIN, IOWA (KTIV) -

Although Ridge View High School students in Holstein, Iowa say bullying isn't a huge problem at their school, it still makes their stomachs churn whenever they see it happen.

"It's a little bit defeating, just because the fact that I don't like seeing any of our kids like that," said Dana Hustedt, Ridge View High School Senior.

To help reduce the amount of times that students witness something like that, Matt Carver, Legal Services Director for School Administrators of Iowa, is raising awareness about bullying.

He goes around the state, delivering a message to students and administrators.

"When they hear something or see something that's wrong, that they stop, and they say, "hey guys, let's knock that off. That's not the right way to act,'" said Matt Carver, Director of Legal Services for School Administrators of Iowa.

Carver says that the problem isn't only in student hallways, it's on Facebook and Twitter too.

Something Principle Ken Slater says can make identifying it challenging.

"There's a lot of different venues for it to occur and to nail down exactly everything is difficult. So we just do the best we can and take care of it from there," said Ken Slater, Ridge View High School Principal.

But no matter what form it takes, students say it's all about doing something, to protect others.

"Tell at least a friend . And then maybe that friend, if the person getting bullied doesn't want to say something to an adult or someone higher up, their friend can do it for them," said John Kofmehl, Ridge View High School Sophomore.

To help those being bullied move beyond an uncertainty and towards a truth, that they are loved.

"Regardless of what comments someone else makes about them, that they're loved and that they're important," said Carver.

"You always are loved by someone, and there is someone there that you matter to," said Grace Feilmeier, Ridge View High School Junior.

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