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CAG, Imagine Andrews host anti-bullying march

Col. Teichert Speaks

Col. E. John Teichert, 11th Wing and Joint Base Andrews commander, speaks to Imagine Andrews students during the JBA Children’s March Against Bullying, on base, Jan. 12, 2018. The students were joined by members of JBA, to include Navy and Air Force, and members of the local community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)

U.S. Navy hold signs in March

U.S. Navy and Joint Base Andrewse members hold signs during the Joint Base Andrews Children’s March Against Bullying on base, Jan. 12, 2018. As part of the 11th Wing’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Special Observance, the march was a way to educate students about a way to unite and communicate issues they encounter in a peaceful way. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st class Jalene A. Brooks)

Students hold signs

Students from Imagine Andrews Public Charter School hold signs during the Joint Base Andrews Children’s March Against Bullying on base, Jan. 12, 2018. As part of the 11th Wing’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Special Observance, the march was a way to educate students about a way to unite and communicate issues they encounter in a peaceful way. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)

Stdents hold signs

Students from Imagine Andrews Public Charter School along with local community members hold up “anti-bullying” signs at the Joint Base Andrews Theater Jan. 12, 2017. The Students and community members participated in the JBA Children’s March Against Bullying as part of the 11th Wing's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Special Observance. Following the march, the students participated in a trivia game and watched inspirational videos commemorating Dr. King. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st class Jalene A. Brooks)

Col. Teichert and Congress Woman Toles

Colonel E. John Teichert, with the 11th FIghter Wing, and Karen Toles, the prince George District counsel woman pose for a photo at the Base Theatre after speaking with students of the Image Andrews Charter School on Joint Base Andrews, Jan. 12, 2017. Thicker and Toles spoke on topics of peace, anti-bullying and equality. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st class Jalene A. Brooks)

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. --

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. -- Students from Imagine Andrews Public Charter School and local community members participated in the JBA Children’s March Against Bullying here today, as part of the 11th Wing's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Special Observance.

The 11th Wing Commander's Action Group, along with the wing Equal Opportunity office, is charged with planning special observances and commemorations throughout the year.

“MLK is known for bringing people together to raise awareness on social issues and injustices by using non-violent marches,” said Tech. Sgt. Sarah Kelly, 11th Wing CAG deputy director. “[The CAG and Imagine Andrews] thought it would be good to incorporate the students to educate them about a way to unite and communicate issues they encounter, like bullying, in a peaceful way.”

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, approximately 21 percent of students ages 12 to 18 reported being bullied at school during the school year.

“[Imagine Andrews] wants to make sure their students are able to identify what bullying is and make sure it’s understood that bullying will not be tolerated,” said H. Douglas Rice II, Imagine Andrews principal.

The march aimed to promote respect for all ages, genders, and backgrounds, while also providing the younger generation an homage to the peaceful protests King was known for leading.

"This march is about commemorating the leadership, the vision and the courage of Dr. King," said Col. E. John Teichert. 11th Wing and JBA commander. "We look to his example as he stood for respect and dignity for everyone. Bullying is wrong and does not bring dignity or respect, no matter who you are. It has no place in our community."