Student fights bullying with anonymous compliments

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LAS VEGAS, Nevada (KTNV) – Bullying is a hot topic in the news, but students at one high school in Las Vegas are pouring themselves into just the opposite.

Instead of breaking one another down, students at Advanced Technologies Academy are lifting each other up and they’re using a Facebook page called ATech Compliments to do it.

Student Wilson To secretly created the page and remained anonymous the entire school year.

“I wanted to make a page like that, so people could communicate that extra nice thing to one another, give compliments to thank people for just being who they are,” said To.

Students on campus loved the site and the compliments started pouring in.

But nobody knew To was behind it. He screened the compliments and launched a kindness movement that swept A-Tech with more than 500 regular followers.

“It’s just another example of what’s so neat about the students at A-Tech,” said Debbie Kral, principal. “It was student-driven and students bought into it.”

To had no idea it would be such a big deal until he began to see the impact a simple compliment could have.

“A lot of these quiet individuals who don’t think much of what they do but when they get the responses that I’ve seen before, complimenting them for their intelligence, for their charisma, all these things they didn’t realize about themselves, it helps to build a lot of self esteem,” said To.

At the end of the school year, an announcement over the school intercom asked the creator of the Facebook page to please reveal themselves and To walked into the room.

He has now graduated and is training another administrator who will take care of the Facebook page. That person will remain confidential, too.

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