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10/31/2012 10:10:00 AM
GHMS drama students portray parents of bullied victims
Taylor Comeno takes the spotlight at Glassford Hill Middle School Monday as she portrays the mother of a bullied victim who committed suicide during the school’s Anti-Bullying Week.
Courtesy Photo/Kristin Carpenter
Taylor Comeno takes the spotlight at Glassford Hill Middle School Monday as she portrays the mother of a bullied victim who committed suicide during the school’s Anti-Bullying Week.
Courtesy Photo/Kristin Carpenter
Special to the Tribune

Glassford Hill Middle School kicked off a week of peace with an anti-bullying assembly by the school's drama class. During this emotional gathering, students presented stories from the book Bullycide in America by Brenda High, a compilation of stories from mothers of children who committed suicide because of bullying.

The auditorium darkened, and then a spotlight illuminated a single student reading a description of a bully. Darkness fell again, then another spotlight shown on a different student who portrayed the parent of a student from the book who had killed herself. Again darkness, and then information about cyberbullying.

This progression continued until the final student entered the stage and uttered one sentence, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me... or can they?" Students returned to their classes where the discussion of bullying continued.

On Tuesday, Teen Challenge, a motivational program, visited the school to encourage students to make wise choices. On Friday, GHMS students, in conjunction with Lake Valley Elementary School students, will hold its first ever "Stomp Out Bullying" rally on the high school football field.

Unfortunately, bullying in America has become a growing epidemic, and with the increasing prevalence of social media and the rapidly shrinking world, it's become harder and harder for bullying victims to escape the torment.

A goal of GHMS is to foster a community of support, tolerance and peace, where seeds of bullying cannot grow. By honoring National Anti-Bullying Month in this manner, the school hopes that the crime of bullying becomes a thing of the past.

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