Members of the Stoughton High Peer Mediation joined forces with SPECTRUM (Stoughton High's Gay-Straight Alliance) to raise awareness of bullying and to "Black-Out Bullying" at Stoughton High last week.
Students wore black Friday, Jan. 25, and members of the two organizing clubs handed out brightly colored ribbons. Students sported the ribbons on their black clothing to represent the rainbow of diversity at the high students and all students united to "Black-Out Bullying."
As part of the state's anti-bullying efforts in public school, Gov. Deval Patrick designated Jan. 25 as "No Name Calling Day" in Massachusetts in 2012. The legislation signed by the governor in 2010, following a spate of highly-publicized bullying incidents, included a provision for a "No Name Calling Day." The law requires school districts to develop anti-bullying strategies.
The Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN) continued Patrick's effort and named Jan. 21-24, "No Name Calling Week."
Announcements about bullying statistics and effects of bullying were made daily on the high school's morning news show as well as in the cafeteria at lunch.