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Wheeling law firm's anti-bullying campaign rewards students

Updated: Thursday, January 16 2014, 03:12 PM EST

WHEELING, W.Va. --

Wheeling law firm Bordas & Bordas is awarding $7,500 to local high school seniors who stand up for others.

The firm's "Fighting For Justice" award will honor a senior from 15 high schools in Ohio, Marshall and Belmont counties. The students, who will be deemed "anti-bully ambassadors," will receive $500 each.

Jim Bordas, founding partner of the law firm, said he strives to honor those who treat everyone equally and defend others who may be targeted for their differences.

"We want to recognize students who do the right thing," Bordas said in a press release. "That includes treating everyone as equals, respecting differences in others and standing up for individuals who are targeted or discriminated against."

The campaign was motivated by a desire to recognize students who lead by example, and Bordas said the firm wants to reward students who speak out against injustice.

The release stated that, according to 2010 data from bullyingstatistics.org, about one in seven students in grades K-12 has either been a bully or has been the victim of a bully. Nearly 56 percent of all students have witnessed bullying at school and 71 percent report that bullying is an ongoing problem.

Jamie Bordas, managing partner of the firm, said he hopes the award will motivate both the recipient and the recipient's peers to continue to stand up for other people.

Nomination forms have been given to each high school in the three participating counties, and community members can nominate a student by downloading the form on the Bordas & Bordas website at bordaslaw.com or requesting a nomination form by emailing communications@bordaslaw.com.

Wheeling law firm's anti-bullying campaign rewards students


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