Middlesex Middle School seventh-graders participated in a full day assembly on bullying called "Get Real." The anti-bullying program started with a presentation by a representative from the Anti-Defamation League who explained the serious ramifications of bullying.
The students learned the four participants in bullying: the Target, the Perpetrator, the Bystander and the Ally as well as the role each plays. The seventh-graders then broke off into small groups to discuss what they learned and to reflect on how bullying affects their lives in and out of school. The students made posters to display around school to spread the anti-bullying message to the rest of the student body.
At the conclusion of the daylong assembly, the students watched the movie "Radio," which was inspired by a true story about a high school coach who befriends a mentally challenged student who is being bullied. With the coach's support, the young man gains the respect of his schoolmates and community.
The main message conveyed throughout the day was to respect the idea that every person has a role to play in school and in the community and that no matter what you believe, what you do or what you look like, everyone is equally important. In addition to this presentation to the seventh-graders, Middlesex also holds assemblies for the sixth-graders on Internet safety and for eighth-graders on cyber-bullying.
Special thanks to Andrea Cragin of Middlesex Middle School for submitting this photo and writeup! If you have any photos or stories, send them to Daily Darien reporter Casey Donahue at firstname.lastname@example.org
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