Kentucky middle school students combat bullying with positive notes

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Three middle school students in Louisville, Kentucky decided to take a stand against bullying.

They quietly worked together to help other students get through difficult times.

A few words here and there…

“See the light behind the obstacles.”

Messages scrawled on note cards…

“The storm doesn’t last forever, it will soon pass.”

Stuffed in lockers…

“Be who you are and say what you want because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

And signed with an unusual name, Masked Muffins.

“We wanted to be anonymous because we didn’t want it to be like, I made those so I should be popular now,” Lauren Bale said.

Now, Highland Middle School’s nameless note writers are taking off their masks.

Lauren Bale, Kennedy Nodler and Jessica Maillo wanted to do something to make their classmates feel good, because we all know that middle school isn’t the easiest place to be.

“We all started thinking about how we want to do something better for people who are not as happy all the time or feel down about themselves and so we wanted to make a bunch of positive notes and give them to people,” Bale said.

Weeks and weeks and some 370-plus notes and quotes later mission accomplished. All 8th graders had positive messages waiting in their lockers.

Maillo said she and her friends watched the reaction together, “At the end of school, when everybody came to their lockers, we just all kind of huddled up in like a corner and we just saw it.”

“There was this one little boy and he was like a little kid that you wouldn’t really expect to care about it, someone who would pick it up and throw it and there was no one else in the hallway so we kind of like looked around, around his shoulders and everything and he took it and he smiled and he put it in his folder,” remembered Bale.

“We just looked at each other and we were like, ‘guys we did it,'” said Nodler. “This talk, this dream of making everyone smile actually came true.”

Lauren, Kennedy and Jessica may not know it, but with their positive messages in a way they’ve made their school’s dreams or at least one of its goals come true too.

Principal Steven Heckman explained that Highland is an International Baccalaureate School and said one of the goals is, “that you develop caring people to make a more peaceful world and where I see kids doing things like this just in their own school and community, I think that’s where that starts.”

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