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Dover-Eyota's "Louder-On-Line" to stomp out cyber bullying

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EYOTA, Minn. (KTTC) -- Dover-Eyota High School students are standing up for their peers when it comes to cyber bullying.

Pressures are mounting on students and much of that is thanks to social media.

"When you're here everyday and you feel like you belong it's a nice place to be but if you're here everyday and you don't feel like you fit in, like you don't have any place to go it makes it a miserable, terrible experience to be in school," said Kirby Krogstad, a junior at Dover-Eyota High School.

Students in the group Peer Helpers at Dover-Eyota High School are hoping their Louder-On-Line message will put a stop to cyber bullying.

"They're less apprehensive to say what they really want to say because there's this screen in front of them," said Katie Johnson, school social worker at Dover-Eyota High School. "So they have to face somebody to say it, they can type it in and there it goes."

Part of the Louder-On-Line project this week is to get a better grasp of what's going on among these students at this school. So to do that they've set up a survey center. They're asking questions like have you ever been the victim of an online bully.

"It's not ok to target somebody and be mean to that person repeatedly, knowing that you're mean, knowing that you want to harm them, knowing that you're hurting their feelings," Johnson said.

What they do know is that girls are more often bullied than boys. That has Krogstad thinking about his 4th grade sister and her future at the school.

"With some of the problems these girls have had it's so deep-seeded that they think they're worse than everybody else," Krogstad explained. "I don't want my sister to have that same feeling."

Junior Autumn Meyer's family has also been touched by bullying when her younger brother was

"That definitely affected me and I wanted to help others," she said. "People shouldn't have to go through this."

"It's sad and it's time to stop because a lot of kids are hurt by it," Krogstad said.

The message is written loud and clear all over the school. Students are reminded to "pause before they post."

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