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Powerful Video- Bullying

May 6, 2014 · 5 Comments

Last week I showed the Grade Five students this video created by students from another school. It was part of my conversation about an activity called “touch” which some students had been playing. The “touch” originated from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books and films and is related to the more common term of “cooties.”  Although initially this activity may have seemed harmless, it evolved into students using student names with the “touch.”  Thus a student would touch another student and say you have the “(student name) touch.” From a kid’s perspective, having the “touch” is not a good thing.  What I wanted students to know is that this game is mean and needed to stop immediately.

I described to the Grade 5 students how mean acts done to others in elementary school can stay with someone for a lifetime.  I commented how I can still vividly recall events thirty years ago when I witnessed students getting teased. Mean acts don’t go away. Over the last few days I have noticed excellent reflecting from our students on this issue and have been very impressed with the student response. One student started a petition, while others who participated in this “touch” activity reached out to apologize to those who had been victimized. Safe to say going forward, any type of “touch” activity, even if in just the spirit on the film, will not be tolerated here at Lane.

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5 responses so far ↓

  •   Karen // May 7th 2014 at 9:49 am

    Thanks very much for your vigilance in addressing bullying and finding different and numerous ways of getting the message across.

  •   Joanne B // May 7th 2014 at 10:56 am

    Thank You Mr. A, My child was very concerned that this was happening at Lane and I was preparing to get in touch with you about it as you were already developing a plan to abort it. I hold the subject of bullying close to my heart and have hopefully taught my children to fight bullying with a vengeance. Thus being told about if by my child and asked to do something about it. You were right on top of it and I thank you…very much

  •   Renu // May 7th 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Wow, powerful visual message! Thank you for helping to get this message across to all!

  •   Joanne B // Sep 17th 2014 at 11:13 am

    For some reason I found myself watching this again, and again it has brought me to tears. Although I no longer have a child at Lane I care deeply about the anti-bullying initiative you have taken. I am surprised that there are not more comments here and am wondering if you have any thoughts on this?

  •   Elizabeth // Oct 31st 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Powerful video. Thanks for sharing with our students. Definitely worth following up with a conversation at home.

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