Written by: Aliyah Buscher
National Bullying Prevention Month is celebrated during the month of October and brings together communities nationwide to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention. This celebration was founded in 2006 by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center as a way for individuals across the nation to participate in the campaign to keep all away from bullying.
The PACER’s Center provides a lot of information and examples of how individuals and communities can step up to support their campaign. “Unity Day” is October 23rd, and this is where everyone is encouraged to show their support by wearing orange.
In the United States, one in every five students, ranging from 12 to 18 years old, have been bullied during the school year. A lot of times high school students feel uncomfortable in regards to telling someone about it. Only 39% of high school students notify an adult if they are being bullied. More than half of bullying situations stop when a peer gets in between the bully and the person being bullied. When it comes to bullying, people are encouraged to stand up for someone or report it immediately. Don’t be a bystander, do something about it. All of these statements are reasons why bullying is a problem and why people need to step up to help.
In Mrs. Spear’s and Mrs. Zannelli’s contemporary literature classes, the students read a book about bullying called Please Stop Laughing at Me by Jodee Blanco. It is an anti-bullying book about a girl who struggles with being bullied everywhere she goes. Each student was required to come up with a project on bullying to spread awareness. So be sure to check out these projects all around the school and do your part to help prevent bullying at AHS.