MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - It's an issue that impacts a lot of children - either they are the victim of bullying or are bullies themselves.
It's also an issue that has gotten the attention of the Mobile County District Attorney's Office. So they're joining the fight to end the abuse.
Most of the Davidson High School students in the musical theatre class said they know firsthand what it feels like to be bullied.
No surprise, they said it doesn't feel good.
"Makes you feel distant; like you are not important enough to be involved," said Paul Devillier, a 17-year-old student.
Devillier said he has been bullied since middle school, but he's learned to live with it.
"You just get used to it," said Devillier. "I am kind of an out-crowd person."
But other students are standing up to the abuse. Students like Terry Price, a 16-year-old with the gift of gab and a singing voice to boot.
Price said he wants others kids to know it is okay to be who you are.
"It is a great big issue, especially dealing with the status quo," said Price. "People are scared to go out for different things because will talk about them. Be you, it is okay."
Sarah Holder said she was bullied in middle school by girls she thought were her friends. Holder said she has some advice for kids, too.
"Tell your parents or tell somebody, a principal or anyone who can act on it and do something about it," said Holder.
The Mobile County District Attorney's Office is joining the fight to end bullying.
Starting May 1, students can submit a video to the BullyBlocker Video Showdown.
It's based on the DA's BullyBlocker program.
District Attorney Ashley Rich said the program averages one call a day from students who report bullying activity.
The video must be student-made, and it is for the Matt Kennon song "You Had to Pick on Me."
Lyrics encourage listeners to "make a stand, and take responsibility," when it comes to bullies.
District Attorney Rich said it is a win-win situation for everyone.
"The kids educate themselves about bullying, because they have to make the video," added Rich.
The students think it's a great idea and believe it will make a difference.
Paul Devellier sure hopes it does.
"I don't think people understand what it feels like," said Devillier.
The contest is for private and public school students.
More information is also available here, on the District Attorney's Office Website .
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