Middle school students sang, danced and cheered Friday while learning the warning signs and types of bullying from a teenage pop and R&B group.
Karma — a rising all-girl group based in Memphis, Tenn. — performed at Scott M. Brame Middle School, Tioga Junior High and the Rapides Parish Fair as part of the group’s national 30-city anti-bullying tour.
Miesha, 15, Kirsten, 16, and Journey, 15, chose the group name based on the tour’s message — “What goes around comes around” — in an effort to stop bullying and stop suicides.
“We wanted to reach out and help anyone that we could and hopefully save some lives on that tour,” Miesha said.
In between songs, they told a gym full of Brame students the definition, four types and consequences of bullying, ending with the key to success.
“The key to success is education and working hard,” she said.
Each of the girls shared stories of being bullied and sometimes becoming the bully.
Miesha said she was bullied about her height, which she compared to a fifth-grader’s.
“(People) think because you fit a certain mold you don’t get bullied, but anybody can get bullied. It doesn’t matter who you are,” she said.
Journey often was bullied for being “the new kid” as her family moved a lot. Kirsten’s experience came from being “awkward” and bad at sports, she said.
Find “Love Karma 4 Life” on Facebook for more information about the group.