A nationwide effort to prevent violence in schools is making an impact in eastern North Carolina.
Schools in the Swansboro area participated in Say Something Week –a series of events in which students learn how to recognize suspicious activity and report it to an adult.
The movement was created by Sandy Hook Promise and collaborated with SAVE, Students Against Violence Everywhere.
During the week, students have participated in activities like wearing name tags to spark a conversation or creating a mural of handprints to pledge the prevention of violence in schools.
Friday morning, Swansboro schools took part in “Meet the Fence”. Swansboro High School met with students from Queens Creek Elementary at a fence and waved to students at Swansboro Middle School.
Students said the fence symbolizes unity and that they are here for one another.
“I think the fence symbolizes a meeting place. Sometimes when you have differences, you need to meet in the middle so I think the fence represents that for us,” said Martha Kelley, the SAVE advisor at Swansboro High School.
The goal is for students of all ages to be able to notice when someone can harm themselves or other people.
“And it’s basically uniting as a community to say we don’t really agree with bullying, we don’t want you to hurt each other, we don’t want bullying in our community,” said Izabela, president of SAVE at Swansboro High School.
While it’s a small change within the county, these students are hopeful they can create a bigger change in the future.