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Butte Teen Starts Anti-Bullying Campaign

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Bullying in schools can be a major problem.

Students who are bullied can face depression and sometimes even worse.

One teen, who recently moved to Butte, is making it his mission to end all bullying in the Mining City schools.

"It needs to stop all over the place," said Max Gibbons. "It's just immature behavior."

Max Gibbons, 18, moved to Butte from Arizona in August of this year.

Since moving to the Mining City, Max has been trying to start the Montana chapter of an anti-bullying organization known as "Odds Out", a peer to peer support group to combat bullying in schools.

"I like helping people," said Gibbons. "It's a civil duty I think. Helping people is what God basically put us on this planet to do. Yes, he's here to help, but it's also our duty to help others as well."

Max also wants to bring "Odds Out" to Montana to honor his friend.

In January of this year, one of Max's closest high school friends in Arizona committed suicide after he was severely bullied by other students.

"I wanted to do something right so I brought it up here as well because we want to spread this program out," Gibbons said. "I needed to start a new life, so it wasn't going to do me any harm getting this program going up here."

"Odds Out" was started by Max's graduating high school class in Kingman, Arizona.

The program is a support group of students who discuss bullying and how to stop it.

Now Max is hoping to bring his program to Montana.

"It's going to grow," said Gibbons. "It's just that I have to start getting people in and taking the stand, because nothing can get done if nobody takes a stand against bullying."

Max hopes his "Odds Out" program catches on in Butte.

He says one day he has hopes of opening up a teen center, a place that would be free of bullying.

Max is starting the "Odds Out" Montana chapter on social media.

To learn more about "Odds Out", click here.

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