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Viktor the Viking out to vanquish bullying, mascot visits Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School

Viktor the Viking, the Minnesota Vikings mascot, searches the crowd for volunteers during the "Viktor’s Quest to S.T.O.P. Bullying" program on Wednesday at the Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School. (Jillian Gandsey | Bemidji Pioneer)1 / 3
Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig students and Viktor the Viking respond to Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen's message about bullying during the "Viktor’s Quest to S.T.O.P. Bullying" program on Wednesday at the Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School. (Jillian Gandsey | Bemidji Pioneer)2 / 3
Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig students listen to Viktor the Viking during the "Viktor’s Quest to S.T.O.P. Bullying" program on Wednesday at the Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School. (Jillian Gandsey | Bemidji Pioneer)3 / 3

BENA—Students at the Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School received an important message from Viktor the Viking on Wednesday.

The official Minnesota Vikings mascot visited the school with his "Viktor's Quest to S.T.O.P. Bullying" program. S.T.O.P. is an acronym for Stand up, Take action, Open up and Protect yourself.

The program, led by a Minnesota Vikings cheerleader and Viktor, teaches students how to use S.T.O.P. with demonstrations and also about different types of bullying.

"Open up to a trusted adult about the situation," said Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen, originally from Detroit Lakes, Minn., in a video message to students. "This can be your parents, family members of teachers."

During the program the students also heard from Minnesota Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter and Minnesota Vikings radio personality Paul Allen.

Amanda Norman, K-8 principal at Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School, was searching for anti-bullying presentations when she stumbled across the "Viktor's Quest to S.T.O.P. Bullying" program online.

"I was so happy that they were willing to travel up here to do the presentation and one thing that was awesome was it was free to our school," she said after the program Wednesday.

The program was sponsored by the Minnesota Vikings organization and Verizon Wireless.

"We just want to give our students the tools to help stand up to bullying and how to be more empathetic to others," Noman said.

"We want to guide our students to be respectful, which is very important in our culture."

Jillian Gandsey

Jillian Gandsey is the Multimedia Editor at the Bemidji Pioneer. She is an Iron Range native and a 2013 graduate of Bemidji State University. Follow Jillian on Twitter and Instagram @jilliangandsey. Contact her at 218-333-9786, 218-996-1216 or at jgandsey@bemidjipioneer.com. 

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