Fishers program gives kids tools to prevent bullying

Classes free with membership

FISHERS, Ind. - As bullying becomes a rising concern for many parents and students, some central Indiana families are using a karate class to fight the problem.

At Pro Martial Arts in Fishers, Lauren Miller directs the ARMOR program, which is designed to empower young kids against bullying.

Miller’s students learn self-defense moves, discuss bullies and even draw what bullies might look like.

"Even if they don't have to use this, just that confidence that they have helps them get... prevent even getting bullied," instructor Nick Shook said.

Third-grader Trey Swarts has been a victim of bullying at school in the past.

"I got punched in the nose and in the eye. It hurt," Swarts said.

The approach of the ARMOR program is different from when Swarts’ dad was a third-grader.

"Back then, bullies were just accepted and now bullying is not accepted in classes or in the work environment," Rick Swarts said.

The fight against the problem continues at the Statehouse. Gov. Pence signed an anti-bullying bill into law that provides school staff with resources and prevention training.

ARMOR classes are free with a membership at Pro Martial Arts.

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