Myrtle Beach school stands up against bullying

Students at South Carolina's St. James High School sent a message Monday by wearing blue to support a day of awareness and prevention of bullying.

Patrick Kohlmann, a sophomore at St. James, led the charge by contacting the school's principal, Vann Pennell, and putting in motion Blue Shirt Day, along with an anti-bullying focus for the week.

"He's been the motivating factor behind this. We give him full credit," Pennell said. He said to avoid the cost of buying special shirts, students were complying by wearing blue shirts or shirts with some form of blue pattern.

"The kids have been very responsive," he said.

Kohlmann is a teen ambassador for the Stomp Out Bullying program, a national initiative of Love Our Children USA, according to the program's website, The program's mission is to prevent bullying, which includes cyberbullying, as well as digital abuse such as sexting, deterring school violence and educating against hatred.

Bullying has been cited as the spark for recent local and national events.

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