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Left to right: School board members Matt Williams, Nan Holmes and Judy Bjarke-McKenzie “link arms as a show of support to a group of girl scouts who started an anti-bullying campaign in the Los Alamos Public Schools.
Students drum up support to begin anti-bullying drive

If a group of girl scouts from Los Alamos are successful, the schoolyard bully could soon become a thing of the past here.
Piñon students Rachel Norman, Amber Royer, and Chamisa students Amelia Duffy, Lidia Appell and Cassidy Trujillo started the project out of a conversation they had about stereotyping.
“But, it turned into matter of bullying and the person we were talking to started crying. It was very emotional, and we all ended up giving that person a big bear hug,” said one of the girls at a recent presentation of their project to the school board.
Called “Link Arms in LA,” the concept is pretty simple.
They said that whenever they see anyone being bullied, they are calling on students to gently intervene by pointing out the wrong to the bully and sticking up for the victim and perhaps joining arms with the victim, which will hopefully attract like minded people to their rescue.
“It’s all about safety in numbers” said one of the girls at the meeting.
So far, “Link Arms in LA” is only in Chamisa and Piñon, but the girls hope to start the project in the other schools as well. Their target group, they said, is fourth grade and all the way up into high school.