Lime green bracelets reading "#teamnobullying" appeared on the wrists of students and teachers Friday, March 1, throughout Baltimore County.
Kae'Viya Butler, a seventh-grader at Lansdowne Middle School, created the phrase that won the countywide competition for Baltimore County Public Schools' first Anti-Bullying Day.
"I decided to go with the hashtag because it's popular on Facebook and Twitter," said Kae'Viya, a Catonsville resident.
Jessica Miller, a teacher at Lansdowne Middle in charge of the school's student council, said Kae'Viya's idea was selected by the student council from more than 500 submissions.
Miller said it was an easy choice for the student council among the top three entries submitted by Lansdowne Middle to the countywide contest.
"It was the majority vote," Miller said. "It wasn't even close."
Kae'Viya's slogan was then selected by the superintendent's 11–member Student Advisory Board from about 50 submissions.
It was printed on rubber bracelets to promote Anti-Bullying Day and 200 bracelets were sent to each middle and high school in Baltimore County.
Miller was excited about Kae'Viya's win and glad for the positive attention it brought to Lansdowne Middle.
"It was so exciting because we don't get recognized for much," Miller said. "It was just really cool."
County Executive Kevin Kamenetz officially proclaimed March 1 Anti-Bullying Day during a pep rally held at Lansdowne Middle School.
During the Friday morning event, Kae'Viya was recognized and presented with two T-shirts, a certificate and a notepad for winning the contest.
Kae'Viya was thrilled by the win. She hopes the campaign will discourage bullying in schools and promote awareness of the problem.
"I feel really proud," she said. "I think now people are going to consider what they're saying."