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Candlelight of truth

Students make voices heard at candle vigil

About 50 people, mostly Clarkston High School students, huddle together in the cold, Saturday night at Depot Park for the anti-bullying We Will Light Your Path - You Are not Alone candlelight vigil. Photo by Phil Custodio (click for larger version)
December 08, 2010 - The new Clarkston High School club No Place for Hate shared stories and lessons they learned about bullying, at a candlelight vigil in Depot Park, Dec. 4.

"Be there for a stranger," said a club member. "If they see that you give a crap and stand up for them, that would mean the world to them."

People can change, even bullies, said another participant.

"I used to be a bully at the middle school," she said. "I did all those things to fit in with the popular kids I acted like a snob. I let grades suffer. I envied those who weren't afraid to be themselves."

Those she tried to impress weren't really her friends, she said.

Clarkston is a great school district where people can be who they want to be, but their efforts will make it better, said another student.

Wendy Combs, standing with the rest of the No Place for Hate club, shares her story. (click for larger version)
"We're on our way to terrific things in the schools," she said.

Nancy McLernon of Clarkston organized the vigil.

Phil is editor for The Clarkston News. He is a veteran of the first Iraq war, having served in the U.S. Army.
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