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JCPS students encouraged to MojoUp, speak up against bullying

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During several assemblies with the Trojan student body, Brown encouraged students to MojoUp, or take a positive stand to combat bullying. During several assemblies with the Trojan student body, Brown encouraged students to MojoUp, or take a positive stand to combat bullying.
Travis "Mr. Mojo" Brown Travis "Mr. Mojo" Brown
Jaime Goldsmith Jaime Goldsmith
LeDarius Johnson LeDarius Johnson

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - As of Friday, more than 4,000 Jefferson County Public Schools high school students received a life lesson they could apply in and out of the classroom.

Students at Atherton, Moore Traditional and Southern high schools all participated in the MojoUp Anti-Bullying Program led up by Travis "Mr. Mojo" Brown.

"I have an opportunity to speak to all their students about what it takes to be a leader, to take a stand, and make a difference when it comes to bullying," said Brown while visiting with students at Southern High School Friday.

During several assemblies with the Trojan student body, Brown encouraged students to MojoUp, or take a positive stand to combat bullying. He suggested three options to successfully do so.

"Step in, reach out and get help," said Brown.

The Indianapolis native, who considers himself America's Anti-Bullying Coach, had been engaging with Louisville students as part of the Office Depot Foundation's Be The Difference Speak Up Tour.

"We're changing our culture here," said Southern High School Guidance Counselor Jaime Goldsmith.

To take an active stand against bullying, Goldsmith said students began organizing a kindness campaign.

"They will take away," began Goldsmith, "to bring people up instead of tear people down."

It is a positive step in the right direction, but Brown maintained taking a stand against bullying is a process often easier said than done.

"I like to challenge them," said Brown. "I like to give them the push back like, 'would you really do that?'"

"I will actually get in between and stand for them instead of being a bystander," said Southern High School junior LeDarius Johnson.

While students like Johnson accepted the challenge, Brown said success cannot be achieved without the aid of adults.

"Administrators, teachers, counselors, staff," began Brown, "they have to be willing to make a positive difference also, if we're going to change the culture."

Brown said solving the problem will require a community commitment to put an end to bullying one voice at a time.

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