St. Mark's School pilots new Safe School Ambassadors program

By Marshanna Hester

September 30, 2013 Updated Oct 1, 2013 at 10:34 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- An anti-bullying program used in 1,200 schools across the country is now in Peoria.

St. Mark's School is the first private school in Illinois to implement the Safe School Ambassadors program.

Monday night, adults learned the types of mistreatment to look for and how to help their child.

However, a select group of students will lead the program and are trained to effectively intervene when they see something isn't right.

"It's really supposed to be a quiet, behind the scenes sort of activity that the students engage in because they too don't want to become a target," said Principal Noreen Dillion. "So, it's allowing them that opportunity to look at some of the things happening around them, kind of look, take it in, understand what's going and seeing how they might be able to act."

Dillon said the Safe School Ambassador program will focus on middle school students first.

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