Saphire Brown brings anti-bullying message to Carlton through music

By KBJR News 1

March 14, 2014 Updated Mar 14, 2014 at 6:21 PM CDT

Carlton, MN (NNCNOW.com) - As an anti–bullying bill makes its way through the Minnesota legislature, Carlton High School dedicated this week to making their school a safer, bully–free place for their students.

To highlight the week's efforts, singer, songwriter and high school junior, Saphire Brown, took her music and message to Carlton students on Friday.

The 17 year old has been touring schools throughout the state as part of Saphire's Courage Campaign, which she started in the eighth grade.

Brown says she was a victim of bullying in middle school.

After transferring from school to school, both seeing and being the victim of bullying, Brown turned her experiences into song, hoping they will leave a mark on students.

"I hope they [walk away] with courage, because that's what my courage campaign is about," said a beaming Brown. "It's learning to be who you are, and learning to just understand who you are as a person and being willing to stand out."

Carlton High School's Kids Plus Connection Group led the week's anti-bullying effort.

Activities included talks on cyber bullying, and "mix it up day," in which students were encouraged to sit and chat with students they didn't know.

Billy Wagness