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PPS students take pledge to 'Be Kind Online'

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

In the busy halls of Grant High School Tuesday, students stopped to sign a petition to “Be Kind Online”.

Portland Public Schools leaders started the campaign, part of a national effort, and now students are spreading the word.

School leaders said the studies have shown the bullying and social isolation brought on by digital harassment can lead to numerous physical and psychological issues.

The students organizing Tuesday’s event want others to pledge to stop harassment and bullying on social media sites, apps and via email.

Senior Sprout Chinn was raised by two mothers, and while she said other kids bullied her online about it, Chinn believes no one deserves that kind of treatment.

“Cyberbullying is such a big problem right now, and we just wanted to bring it to everyone’s attention and get everyone to sign the pledge,” she said. “Just be kind to your classmates.  No one should have to feel scared to come to school.”

The students were also invited to write down hateful words they’ve seen on social media to get them out in the open.

Octavia Chambers, Miss Black Oregon, joined the students and told them her personal story of being bullied.

In addition to the events at Grant, middle school students at Irvington and Roseway Heights also held events for Be Kind Online Day.

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