ONALASKA, Wis. (WXOW) - Fifth graders at Saint Patrick's in Onalaska have a creative way to stop bullying. It's called the buddy bench. The way it works is if a student is having a rough day, they go and sit on the bench, then the other students go over and invite them to play, or just talk.
Students say they got the idea from a magazine. They have gone to every class in the school and explained the buddy bench so every child knows why it's there.
5th Grader Addison Barna said, "Someone will come over, one person or many people will talk to you, if you want to play you can play the game and it will just resume." Delany Seidel, a 5th Grader, said she thinks it's nice because "everyone can be accepted for who they are no matter what they're like."
Tommy Berns, 5th Grader said, "You'd normally ask them to play but if they just want to sit there and maybe think or talk to someone you should respect them if they don't want to come."
"Everybody has a big part, it's a big part for everybody, and all of them have to do their own part," Victoria Nolte said. Her grandpa built the bench.
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