Recently I received a call from the family of a high school student who had committed suicide. His peers had filmed him engaged in a very personal activity in the school bathroom and posted the video online. Three weeks later he killed himself. Would I serve as an expert witness in a court case against the school district for cyberbullying?
If the US were a school, what would its students be like? Assuming it served one hundred kids, this is what you would see.
We are emerging from a presidential election that tapped into the economic insecurity and alienation felt by so many in the United States and resulted in intense polarization on both sides of the political spectrum. It was all too easy in the ideological divide to forget our shared humanity and to lose sight of what is most important in our lives.
On Monday Broadway against Bullying returned to San Francisco atFeinstein’s at the Nikko Hotel. Produced by two-time Tony and Grammy Award nominated producer and internationally acclaimed Music Director and Pianist, Michael Moritz, Jr. and featuring stars from some of Broadway’s biggest musical hits, this one night engagement brought much deserved support to No Bully’s campaign to end bullying in schools.
In February students at a high school basketball game in Merrillville, Indiana, produced cutout images of US presidential candidate Donald Trump and directed chants of "Build that wall" at the opposing team and fans, who were heavily Hispanic.
Last month No Bully was invited to Paris by UNESCO to join Ministers of education from across the world with leaders of other civil society organizations. We were convened to address education sector responses to violence based on sexual orientation and gender expression/ identity.
Photo credit: Espen Faugstad (Creative Commons).
The next time a kid tells you that they don’t like their school, it is worth asking yourself whether you would like it either. Schools have personalities, which explains why students use adjectives to describe them that usually are applied to people e.g. fun, full of drama, boring, stressful, or mean.
Last month No Bully hosted a one-night-only event to benefit No Bully and its work to end bullying in schools, at Feinstein’s 54 Below, Supper Club, New York.
Broadway Against Bullying, New York was the first event by No Bully on the East Coast, with a full house of 150 people who gave generously to support the launch of No Bully in New York.
San Francisco, CA
After the enthusiastic reception of Broadway Against Bullying in San Francisco, No Bully is bringing its cabaret fundraiser to New York City on Monday February 8, 2016 at 7 pm at Feinstein’s 54 Below, Supper Club. Broadway Against Bullying is a one-night-only event aimed at benefiting No Bully and its work to end bullying in schools.
I work in an elementary school in Oakland, California. Our kids are in kindergarten through fifth grade. Cyberspace is now a big part of their lives. They are always texting each other. In a good and bad way. Many of them have accounts on Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter. They even ask me to friend them on Facebook (which I decline).