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Tampa school performs pop song to combat bullying

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TAMPA, FL (WFLA) - It started just like every other assembly at Smith Middle School. Students held the microphone and spoke as their classmates half listened, and half looked around the gymnasium.

Then, it broke out into a dance party to the Katy Perry song "Roar." The 6th graders danced in the center of the gym floor, equipped with glow sticks and wearing "eye of the tiger" shirts.

The Katy Perry song, about standing up for yourself and finding your voice, has become an anti-bullying anthem. There are hundreds of videos on YouTube of students dancing and singing to the hit song. At Smith, the group wanted to do something different to get everyone's attention.

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"Not many kids get to see other kids try to prevent bullying," Desiree Romero said. "It's always an adult punishing the child."

One of the e8th grade leaders, Jessica Morey, told her classmates her personal bullying story.

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"I wanted to fake being sick," Morey said. "I knew I couldn't so I just went to school and took the torment."

Morey got so fed up, when she moved to a different school, she bullied others. Now she hopes the popular song will start a popular message.

"We want to make it seem like anti-bullying is cool," Morey said. "It kind of is cool. You want to help people not hurt them."
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