BRIDGEWATER, Va. (WHSV) -- Bullying is a problem that continues after high school for many students. Now, Valley college students are working to stop the problem from continuing into adulthood.
"It makes me very proud to be on this campus. Showing the support in the community the bond between the students,” shared Bridgewater College student, Jae Bonham.
Bonham works with a group of students called "BC Allies" to hold their peers and professors accountable through pledges.
"Everybody knows everybody, so you kind of have to be nice to everybody and stand up for each other," Bonham continued.
When asked why they're working so hard to celebrate the golden rule Bonham said, "You definitely get verbal abuse on campus. I don't think it's that widespread, but it's still enough to shake somebody up.”
Nationwide, nearly 20 percent of college undergraduates have been bullied once or twice. About 22 percent reporting being the victim of cyber bullying. Those are numbers Bridgewater is trying to keep down locally.
"I want to be a teacher. For me, I want to create a safe space for everyone no matter where we are, be that in a college or a middle school when I'm teaching," added another student and ally, Hannah Batdorf.
It's support like that means a lot to Bonham and peers.
“You can't have have somebody just being belligerent with somebody else and affecting their mental and physical health. You don't want to see that,” Bonham concluded.
In Bridgewater's latest pledge to stop bullying, they got more than 200 signatures from students and professors. Leaders with the ally group say they would like to extend the same pledge to the community in the future.
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