Local students work to end bullying for National Bullying Prevention Month
SEATTLE -- There's a nationwide effort underway right now to end bullying and students here in Washington are part of the movement.
Students in Seattle with D.C. Bully Busters are fighting bullies in politics.
“Bullying is especially wrong in politics because they are role models. We see them on TV. We see them everywhere. It’s important we don’t have political leaders bullying,” said 9th grader Samantha Black.
Last March, the group of 8th and 9th grade girls went to the nation's capital to meet lawmakers and to get them to take a pledge. This year, D.C. Bully Busters have gotten 38 candidates to sign the pledge.
“The campaign pledge says they won’t bully on the campaign trail or be a bystander to bullying,” said Black.
“It’s really inspiring. It’s really hopeful especially because we’re just kids and we can’t vote yet,” said DC Bully Busters Co-Founder, student Lilah Amon Lucas. “A lot of times we’re at the mercy of the adults who are voting and the adults who are already voted in.”
The girls use Instagram and Twitter to share the message about anti-bullying.
“It’s saying that I won’t be a bully during the campaign or when I’m elected,” said Black.
“We are showing that bullying happens everywhere- in school and in larger levels. We are showing our role models they need to stand up to bullying,” said DC Bully Busters Campaign Coordinator Lydia Lippold-Gelb.
At Skyline High School in Sammamish, 9th graders got a valuable lesson about standing up to bullying. Earlier this week, 600 freshmen went through a session called “Digital Dignity.”
They’re learning “what it means to show respect for yourself and others when it comes to social media posts,” said Keith Hennig, principal of Skyline High School.
Students looked at how cyberbullying hurts.
"The students’ access to technology through smart phones has made it more of a prevalent issue,” said Hennig. “We want to make sure that what happens when it comes to social media posts that it’s a culture of kindness how we treat others and what we’re communicating online.”
He went on to say, “we talked through some real-life scenarios with students about the negative effects and negative ramifications when it comes to cyberbullying.”
Bullying prevention month offers an important lesson for everyone. What to do and what not to do--online and in real life.
“There is a greater responsibly in schools. We’re teaching students the right way to act with that platform.”
Schools and students nationwide are participating in National Bullying Prevention Month. For more information, check out www.StompOutBullying.org.