Muscogee County public schools will be closed Monday as staff members take a furlough day to save the district money.
But organizers of an anti-bullying rally hope their event that day still will provide lessons -- and possibly save lives.
In the wake of Rothschild Middle School student Devin Brown's suicide last month after being the victim of a series of bullying incidents, local teen music groups YNCK and Fates Fortune will headline the rally noon to 4 p.m. Monday in the Columbus Public Library auditorium.
"Hopefully, everybody will come out and see that bullying is a bad thing," said YNCK member Brandon "B-kno" Wilson, a Kendrick High School sophomore. "You need to treat others the way you want to be treated."
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Brandon's mother, YNCK co-manager Kimberly Wilson, said Devin's suicide motivated the organizers to produce the anti-bullying rally.
"It was a factor," she said.
Rally participants will be treated to a free concert and free food as well as prizes and appearances by other local celebrities.
Brandon said he hasn't been bullied but he has friends who have been victims.
"I know how it makes them feel," he said. "It's really not a good feeling, so I'd like to try to prevent it."