Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 64. Bystanders – students who witness bullying Bystanders have a choice. They can choose to ignore bullying, they can support it, or they can take steps to stop it. Most bullying takes place “under the radar” of adults. This makes it more important than ever for students to speak up and take a stand against bullying. As long as bullies think their behavior is being accepted by their peers, they are likely to continue bullying others. Bystanders need to let bullies know that their behavior is not okay. Here are some things bystanders can do: Be confident, speak up, and tell the bully to stop. “Hey, cut it out—leave her alone.” Distract the bully. “It’s late, we gotta get to class.” or “Come on, let’s get something to eat.” Speak to the person who’s being bullied. Ask him/her to come with you, and then walk away together. If there are weapons present, or if you feel the situation may be dangerous, leave immediately and find an adult. Walk away, and report the bullying incident to a trusted adult. Bystanders have an opportunity to make a real difference. They are the key to stopping bullying!