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Middle school students in Sioux City take a stand against bullying

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

Whether it be on the internet or in the hallways, students nationwide continue to grapple with the issue of bullying.

And, middle school students in Sioux City are hoping to make a change.

North, East, and West Middle School are taking part in "Be The Difference Week."

Students involved with "Girls Circle" came up with themes they thought were negatively impacting their school environment, including cyber and physical bullying.

Girls Circle Coordinator Margarite Reinert said this week is important to remind students about how their actions and words can harm someone else.

"It's important for them to stop and take a look at what they're doing, and what they're saying, and what the outcomes could be to someone else," Reinert said.

As a way to spark conversation, students are encouraged to wear certain clothes or colors according to the day's theme.

So, Tuesday students at North Middle wore blue to take a stand against cyber bullying.

And, students from East Middle wore athletic clothes to stand up against physical bullying.

"People in the hallway, you see them asking, 'oh, why are we wearing blue?' And, then you tell them and people start getting the word out, and it just helps," North Middle School 8th Grader Karen Cancino said.

"I definitely think it does spark up a conversation," East Middle School 8th Grader Ana Cruz said.

The schools will continue taking part in "Be the Difference Week" the rest of this week.

Wednesday, they will be wearing these pink shirts for "international pink shirt day," which takes a stand against all kinds of bullying.

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