Brandon Johnson Stands 4 Change

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With words of encouragement from their favorite celebrities, high school students in Burbank helped kick off the first Stand4Change Against Bullying Day Friday morning.

After sharing their own stories about being bullied, celebrities like Glee’s Lauren Potter, Cassie Scerbo, Jason Ritter and R. Brandon Johnson led students at Providence High School to stand up — signifying their pledge to end bullying.

These students, parents and teachers are among 1.3 million around the world who participated in the campaign.

“Reaching over 1 million participants is just the beginning of the first annual Stand4Change Against Bullying Day,” Jeff Sakwa, president of the event’s sponsor Defeat the Label, said in a new release. “Our hope is that this event continues to grow and creates a level of awareness which can help put an end to bullying.”

Leaders with Stand4Change said 160,000 students nationwide stay home from school daily to avoid bullies; and a child is bullied every 7 minutes in the United States.

A star-studded effort, the event and cause was promoted by a PSA on Funny or Die featuring Jesse McCartney, Lucas Grabeel and Alyson Stoner.

And, next fall, Defeat the Label and Ken Kragen, who created the 1986 benefit event “Hands Across America,” will release a song produced by J.R. Rotem, showcasing more pop music stars and showing more support for the cause.

Donations to Stand4Change Against Bullying Day will go to anti-bullying school programs and will fund the launch of an 24-hour anti-bullying hotline and interactive application run by the Mental Health Association of New York City.

For more information on the cause or to pledge against bullying, visit the movement’s website.

NBC Los Angeles

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