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Don't be a Bull-y, anti-bullying assemblies

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March 19, 2012 -

PASCO, Wash. - Bullying is an issue faced by schools everywhere, and in the Tri-Cities, some cowboys are taking a stand.

The Benton Franklin Mounted Posse and Benton Franklin Fair and Rodeo put together the program, where bull riders and rodeo clowns go to schools, and give assemblies teaching students the difference between bullying and teasing... between reporting a bully and tattle-tailing.

Kids not only hear personal stories, they're entertained and involved to make the information stick.

JJ Harrison, a PRCA Rodeo Clown and former teacher leads the assemblies. He said, "Bull riders and bulls and rodeo guys are seen as tough, big strong guys, but guess what, we get bullied too, and I'm definitely getting bullied when a bull hits my barrel, bam! I'm gone! It's a quick tie and kind of an entertaining way to bring an important message to kids."

More than 3,800 students will be reached at assemblies this week. Each student who attends, is getting a free ticket for the rodeo in Kennewick in August.