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Published November 05, 2013, 06:07 PM

Moorhead Middle School students perform on the topic of bullying

Wahpeton, ND (WDAY TV) - Middle School students from Moorhead are performing on stages across the Red River Valley, tackling the topic of bullying.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Wahpeton, ND (WDAY TV) - Middle School students from Moorhead are performing on stages across the Red River Valley, tackling the topic of bullying.

Their performance in Wahpeton comes in the midst of a bullying incident in the NFL.

Moorhead theater students are stepping into the spotlight to speak, or sing out, against bullying.

Izzy Larson/ 8th grader: "It happens every day."

Their musical- Letters to Daddy- is in Wahpeton where 1,000 other students from the region got the chance to hear their strong message.

Luke Sidel/Horizon Middle School 8th Grader: "I've seen some cases of that and it's sad."

Kelly Dubois-Gerchak/Director: "Bullying has been there since the very beginning."

From a small stage in Wahpeton, to bigger news sets like WDAY, even ESPN- bullying has pushed its way into national headlines.

New reports show NFL Guard Richie Incognito bullied one of his teammates on the Miami Dolphins.

Sidel: "I think it's silly and it's not something that should be happening there."

According to ESPN, he sent racial slurs, profane messages, and degrading voicemails to Jonathan Martin.

Sidel: "It's not about being the best or feeling that you need to be better than somebody else."

Larson: "No one is doing anything about it."

The Dolphins suspended Incognito indefinitely but his target- Martin voluntarily left the team.

Dubois-Gerchak: "It degrades a person, whether you're 13 years old or 50 years old."

Both on the football field,

Dubois-Gerchak: "Bullying is a big part of our culture."

and a small town musical stage.

Sidel: "It's not okay."

The musical runs again tonight at 7, and will be in Moorhead later this month.

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