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Stoughton High Joins Forces to Stamp Out Bullying

Stoughton High students stood up against bullying last week. Photo by Mike Hardman
Stoughton High students stood up against bullying last week. Photo by Mike Hardman
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.

Jassen Sanders January 27, 2014 at 07:35 PM
Bullying consist of the least competent most aggressive employee projecting their incompetence on to the least aggressive most competent employee and winning. It remains a public concern. What we want for our children is that, we want them to have the assertiveness skills necessary to feel confident and able to stand up for themselves and, equally important and difficult, to be able to stand up for their peers. As a mom I always teach my children ways to feel good about themselves, how to get along with others, and how to treat each other with respect and dignity. I am a parent and I'm worried and I don't want that any kid will experience this again. As a way of helping everyone especially the parents, who find it quite hard to manage time, I found this great service which featured a safety app which gets me connected to a Safety Network or escalate my call to the nearest 911 when needed, it has other cool features that are helpful for your kids with just a press of a Panic Button. Check it here: http://www.SafeKidZone.com/
Gloria R January 28, 2014 at 05:45 AM
To try to help combat bullying, songs can teach children about kindness and tolerance. The song “Be a Buddy, not a Bully” can be heard on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Or7WPUtUnRo
Shaira Leah Gomez January 29, 2014 at 12:34 PM
The more family life appears unappealing to the child, the greater is the tendency to find himself a substitute.Bullying is one of the most insidious of school problems,however much miseries are cause to the victims, if they are often unwilling to tell an adult about it for fear of being branded a ‘sneak. Be remind of this Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. Dont be affected no one know's you well accept your self if it’s awful being a closet bully, you can’t be coming-out. I'll join a right wing party or strict religious sect, then believe and dream that I am justified in death.Take action have the courage to help be strong and stand up and speak up life is to precious to be wasted. Keep safe and protected bring it check this out at http://safekidzone.com/#!/page_home.

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