Students "crush" bullying

By Beau Ebenezer

February 1, 2013 Updated Feb 1, 2013 at 9:52 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Some area 5th graders are teaming up with Monster Jam to "crush" bullying.

Monster Truck Driver Scott Buetow met with students at Thomas Jefferson School Friday morning to talk about anti-bullying and his monster truck that is competing in Monster Jam Friday and Saturday night.

The 5th grade class was chosen for their hard work with anti-bullying. Students all got to sign the Crush Bullying car, which will be crushed in the show Saturday night.

Teachers and staff say they have seen great progress with anti-bullying in the classroom since they began the campaign.

"I've learned people shouldn't be treating other people wrong," said 5th grader, Keytric Jackson. "They should be treated the way they should be treated, fairly and thankful and stuff."

"It's great to see the schools doing this and having these programs with the kids because life is short to begin with. It's hard enough with school, homework, and family and friends. Having to deal with something like bullying is awful," said Monster Jam Driver, Scott Buetow.

The Crush Bullying event was sponsored by the Center for Prevention of Abuse.

All of the 5th graders received free tickets to the Saturday performance.

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