Students Work to Stop Bullying

Anti-bullying event honors those trying to stop obsessive bullying in schools.
2:36 | 10/19/13

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Moving on, now. As we come off this week where america witnessed yet another stunning bullying case, this one involving two florida girls arrested for allegedly harassing another girl until she killed herself, we want to shine a light on the massive efforts underway to fight bullying in america. Overnight, some of the heroes of this movement were honored. Lots of celebrities on-hand. And also, abc's linzie janis. Thanks so much, dan, for calling me a celebrity. Hollywood was out in force, supporting an organization, for an organization across the country by giving them the tools to stop the bullying that plagues so many schools. Friday night's star-studded respect awards ceremony, honored students, teachers and companies that are working to stop bullying in american's classrooms. Basketball player jason collins, who came out last year, also showing his support. It's an absolute honor to be here tonight, to celebrate with you. Reporter: Glsen, or the gay, are working to teach kids to value and respect all people, regardless of their sexuality or gender identity. High school student paulina is one of the student ambassadors. The message is real positive. Reporter: The 17-year-old loves shopping and photography. But she's really passionate about the right for everyone to be able to be themselves. It can be really hard to just be in the closet. People shouldn't have to be afraid of going to school. People shouldn't have to be afraid of being themselves. Reporter: She spent years fearing how her family would react before finally coming out. When you come out and you realize, it wasn't that bad. It's the best feeling in the world. Reporter: The new jersey teen wants others to know after surviving years of bullying, it does get better. They should know that they're not alone. And although it might feel like it at some point, there's someone out there that cares. Reporter: What have you learned about bullying? Well, it's really -- it can destroy a life. No matter how bad a situation is, if you work for it and you try to end it, it will end. Reporter: She is the president of her school's gay/straight alliance. It's an after-school club. And it works to unite students no matter their sexuality. It's one thing being done to end bullying. Linzie, thank you. Time for the weather.

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