Students' Message Reaches Legislator

October 5, 2011 Updated Oct 5, 2011 at 1:42 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

October 5, 2011 Updated Oct 5, 2011 at 1:42 PM EDT

West Seneca, N.Y. (WKBW) - Anti-Bullying is more than a lesson to be learned here at West Middle, it's a way of life and these students are spreading the word.

"I think it's important for everyone to come in to school and feel equal," student Julianna Owczarczak said.

Student Nicole Rudnicki agrees.

"You don't have to be friends with everyone or even like everyone but you should make an attempt to be friendly," Rudnicki said.

It was those words that caught the attention of Erie County Legislator Christina Bove.

"I was inspired by their way of standing up for bullying so I looked at the law having to do with dignity of students and I realized it doesn't include cyber-bullying," Bove said.

Now, Bove is making a resolution asking the New York State Legislature to include cyber-bullying to protect students. She hopes they will vote to add it to the existing law, which protect students from harassment or make a new law.

"Cyber-bullying is significant and critical for students to be respected and protected," Bove said.

West Seneca School Superintendent Dr. Mark Crawford said schools across Western New York must partner with the parents and the community to protect the children.

"Interpersonal communication through technology increases these types of issues are going to be more common place than we think. So it's a community matter not just a school matter," Crawford said.

Bove even award the students for their valiant efforts to help create a school without bullying. She said this proves that every voice that speaks out against harassment can make difference.