Middletown Schools launch anti-bullying campaign

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HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - A judge ordered that three Middletown teens be remanded to the Butler County Juvenile Detention Center. The 15, 16, and 17-year-old Middletown High School students are accused of setting 15-year-old Devin Lewis' hair on fire on a school bus.

Their fellow classmates say the actions of three students don't represent the entire student body

"Setting someone's hair on fire is not at all tolerable, and it's ridiculous," said Middletown Senior Lindsay Sweatt.

When Sweatt heard about what happened she wanted to do something about it.

"I wasn't so much angry at the students who did it, but at the bigger issue that's not only in our high school but in other high schools," Sweatt said.

She emailed her principal Dennis Newell and with the help of other students, they're planning a number of PSA's using actual students that will run in classrooms -- the goal is to give the boot to bullying before it happens.

"We do hope that students will think twice before they engage in this kind of behavior, we hope that when student observe this kind of behavior, they don't laugh, they don't ignore it, they actually stand up and speak up about it," Newell said.

The PSA's will begin running March 1 and students say they're certain it will make a difference.

"It's going to make a bigger difference coming from students that they listen to and that people can look up to," said Middletown Senior Allyson Turner

The three students will have their next pre-trial hearing March 1.

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