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An Anti-bullying message gets an extra bounce from the Pistons

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LAKE ORION, Mich. (WJBK) -

The Detroit Pistons know a little something about the importance of teamwork,
and that's the message the organization brought to an anti-bullying assembly in Lake Orion.  

The music was pumping, the crowd charged up, students from Scripps Middle School in Lake Orion getting an enthusiastic education about how to stop bullying.

The Pistons dance troup performs and then coach, Aaron Smith from year round hoops- starts off with some straight talk. "Take this seriously-we're having fun, but take it seriously too." Smith says.

The fact is a recent study finds that almost 1 in 5 students will be bullied.
With help from the pistons and the olweus bullying prevention program this school is trying to change that.

"This is a real topic that's effect kids whether they're in the 2nd grade or 12th grade so it's important to show that we notice it and we're going to do something about it."

Doing something about it means empowering the kids to make a difference. Deena Centofanti tells them about the 68 year old new York grandmother who was bullied as a bus monitor. Four seventh graders tormented her.. she sat there quietly, until she cried, it's important to know her story because she's a grandmother- she clearly knew how to deal with kids, whether you're a grandmother or a kid, you feel helpless.

When a player falls down we pick him up, it takes teamwork to tackle bullying says Assistant Coach Dee Brown. It truly takes a team to conquer bullying and you don't want one person dealing with it by themselves, you want them to have a support system around them.

In the end the kids leave knowing they in fact, can change the world.

For more information on bullying or how to prevent it please visit: http://www.violencepreventionworks.org/public/bullying.page

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