MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Local schools continue to place an emphasis on preventing bullying. This week Berkeley County middle schools are bringing a national speaker to talk about the subject in his own way.
Keenan West, a national bully prevention speaker and recording artist, travels and spreads his anti-bullying message at school assemblies through out the country. He teaches students not to bully through songs and motivational speaking.
West was in Berkeley County speaking to middle school students on Tuesday. West entertianed with music and discussed how students can make their schools a safer place.
"The effectiveness of the message is behind me, bringing in music, bringing in singing, getting the kids up and dancing, having a good time," said West. "The kids like to come together, celebrate and have a good time. Once I do that I kind of feel like they are on my side, on my team. They are able to listen to what I have to say."
West preached about standing up for the little person, paying attention to bullying incidents around them and informing teachers of bullying activities. It's all part of Bullying Prevention Week at Berkeley County middle schools, including North Middle.
"Show the kids what does it look like to celebrate. The kids stand up to bullying, what does it look like for kids to come around, around the victims of bullying and stand up and say something about it," said West.
"This week it's kind of a just a culmination of activities. We celebrate that our school is a welcoming environment where they have friends, they have teachers that are there for them to support them whatever they are working on and support them as individuals," said Rebekah Eyler, principal at North Middle School.
North Middle School students say no one should be bullied.
"It's not okay to bully people. It might look funny in the beginning but once you start to see people reactions it's not okay," said Emily Butts, a 7th grader.
West also performed at Musselman and Spring Mills Middle Schools.