For the 19th year, Stephen Mack Middle School is taking a creative approach to teaching students about positive choices and zero tolerance for bullying. The annual “Class Act” assembly featured students and staff dressed as super heroes. They used skits to send a powerful message.
School social worker Beth Devries says, “I think it brings us all together when they hear the message that we all matter. And that we all need to be our own hero and to intervene and help others.”
Studies show more than half of bullying situations stop when a peer intervenes on behalf of the student being bullied. Students take the “Be a Hero” theme seriously and lead by example.
Eighth grader Audra Wishop says, ” I’m in peer support. I’m an 8th grader so we basically are the leaders of the school and that means that we set the bar for everyone else.”
School based bullying prevention programs like “Class Act” can significantly reduce bullying behavior.
Devries says, “I think that seeing their peers out there acting out different bullying scenarios and intervening on their own. And seeing one of their own sing live really touched a lot of people.”
Organizers challenged students to change their behaviors and to step in when they see bullying taking place. Students are getting the message.
Wishop says, “We’re just here to help the students and be there if they need anything.”