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Pictured from left: Kira Sako, Broc Gast, Wyatt Taylor, Quincy Wilson, Ryan Ward, Andrew Lyons and Hannah Williams.

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. This worldwide campaign, founded by PACER’s National Bully Prevention Center in 2006, offers information and education to people about how they can help stop bullying. The group’s goal is to motivate everyone to band together for kindness, acceptance and inclusion at a global level.

Locally, students at Sherrard Middle School learned their roles in addressing and preventing bullying from former NFL and WVU running back Quincy Wilson. During an assembly Monday afternoon the former Weir High School football standout made sure every student knows each of them has a voice in raising awareness of bullying.

Wilson told the Sherrard Rams it’s important they report bullying to teachers and administrators. Silence is not an answer, when it comes to bullying. It won’t go away if ignored. Students were encouraged to be respectful to one another.

“Your classmates are a part of your school family,” explained Wilson. “Don’t pick on someone because they are different. Help them become better each day.”

Wilson, who also played for the Atlanta Falcons and Cincinnati Bengals, is currently the West Virginia State University Running Backs Coach/Director of Operations.