Talking mental health, drugs, and bullying with Bay County teens

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Tuesday, a Bay County youth crime prevention group talked to students, hoping to steer them in the right direction.

Members of JUDOS, which stands for Juveniles Understanding Discipline, Order, and Service, held an assembly for some ninth-grade students at Bay High School.

The purpose was to erase the stigma of mental health and to address drug usage and bullying in school.

One exercise had students who admitted they had been bullied to stand on one side of a line and students who admitted they had been the bully at one point to stand on the other side.

Organizers say it was important to get this message across.

"Because they are just now coming to high school and they think that it's fun to bully 'cause they have this type of mentality that it's like, if you bully you're popular," Triniti Brown, a member of JUDOS said.

JUDOS is partnered with the Bay County Sheriff's Office and the LEAD Coalition of Bay County.