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Kids awarded for courageous choices

Posted at 7:33 PM, Jan 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-24 19:33:44-05

CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- Six kids were given trophies and certificates from the Cape Coral Police Department at the Do The Right Thing ceremony. They were awarded for their bravery in difficult situations with one of the students taking on the peer pressure through social media. 

"That I know that have seen it, just laughed at it or try to seem like make it look like it was funny to them so they wouldn't ruin their reputation around other people," said Harli Hallman, a ninth grader at Mariner High School. 

Hallman saw a Snapchat of another student throwing a cat in the air on a road, which led to it's death. While Hallman wasn't the only student to see the Snapchat, she was the only one to report it to authorities. It led to that student's arrest for animal cruelty. 

“Knowing that I helped at least one person from hurting however many animals they would have, felt good," she said. 

Her bravery was contagious, spreading to five other students that also won the award. It included third grader, Cayla Gibson, who rushed to find help after her grandfather fell face first on concrete. 

“I was scared and I didn’t know what to do, but I went to go get my uncle and we saved him.”

Gibson and Hallman agreed speaking up was the right thing to do. 

“Don’t let fear stop you from what you’re trying to do," said Gibson. 

Cape Coral Police invited Fox 4's Jasmine Minor to share words of encouragement to the students

To see the rest of the stories of all the award winners or nominate a student for the award, visit www.capecops.com/do-the-right-thing. The award is given to a group of students on a monthly basis.