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"Courageous Communities Against Bullying" Event Encourages People to Be a Protect Not a Bystander

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PASCO, Wash.-  A community-led movement to combat bullying encourages people to be protectors and not bystanders at an event Monday held at the Bethel Church.

Bullying not only affects the lives of kids and adults, but it can have an impact on communities as well.

That's why Ignite Youth Mentoring program teamed up with BMW of Tri-Cities and Bethel Church to encourage communities to be courageous against bullying.

The organization called "The Protectors" says they focus primarily upon the potential strength, heroic desire, and rescuing capacity of bystanders, transforming them into what they call "alongside standers."

Paul Coughlin, founder of the organization says kids sometimes do not take the risk to identify themselves with a kid that is a target of bullying.  "You might lose some popularity by identifying yourself with that person but that is how we grow in character. It's the right thing to do. So not only do we grow in courage in doing that sort of thing, but we grow in character and we grow in our capacity for leadership that will last us for the rest of our lives," said Coughlin.

Coughlin says that in order to change the culture... You have to create heroes.

For more information on The Protectors and how you can get involved click here.