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Cavs Embrace Anti-Bullying Week

Susan Sutton (left) and CHS Principal Kim Warr stress to Cavaliers the dangers of bullying and cyberbullying as part of Anti-Bullying Week.

“Stand up to bullying.” “Be cool, not cruel.” “Think before you post.” “Doing nothing isn’t an option.” These were just some of the themes seen in posters and presentations during Anti-Bullying Week at CHS during February 24-28. The activities were sponsored by the CHS Guidance department. The bullying awareness started on Monday with presentations by Susan Sutton, a psychologist from Apex, NC. She met with the entire student body as well as with teachers and parents to discuss the implications of bullying and cyberbullying. The Merriam Webster online dictionary defines cyberbullying as ‘the electronic posting of mean-spirited messages about a person (as a student) often done anonymously.’

CHS Principal Kim Warr introduced Sutton to the students saying, “Social media sites offer us all a great way to stay connected, but the implications of using them inappropriately can have lifelong effects. You matter! And the choices you make matter!”

Sutton emphasized to students that what they post on the web is there forever, even if they delete it. In her presentation, Sutton cited examples of cyber bullying among students from Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Tumblr, Instagram, and other social media sites. She explained that colleges reviewing applications and even prospective employers have the ability to check applicants’ social media history. She emphasized that this reputation can stay with a person forever. She wanted students to realize that making cruel or inappropriate posts or tweets not only hurts others, but can result in criminal charges that stay on your record permanently.

“I am not here to get you into trouble,” Sutton said. “I am here to get you out!”

CHS Lead Counselor Deanna Devine said, “The anti-bullying mission is so important – to respect each other! This week is about coming together as a school and encouraging students to stand up for each other and not to tolerate bullying. Students who are bullied oftentimes feel helpless and I hope this has shown those being bullied that we care and that it will not be tolerated at Cuthbertson.”

The CHS Guidance department also sponsored an anti-bullying poster contest this week in which the many school clubs and organizations were invited to participate. Students could vote for their favorite posters on the CHS Facebook page.

Themed dress-up days were part of the week’s activities as well. Monday’s theme was “Stick up for others.” Tuesday’s theme was “Think twice about what you type.” Wednesday’s theme was “Put a cap on bullying.” Thursday’s theme was “Team up against bullying.” Friday’s theme was “Be cool, don’t bully.”

“This week is about educating Cuthbertson students. Students have learned about the effects of cyber bullying and the consequences that may come with it. Students have been involved in the poster contest, pledges and theme days to show that they support the anti-bullying cause. I hope that after this week’s events that students feel safe coming to a counselor or administrator if he/she is being bullied. I also hope that students recognize the importance of standing up for someone who is being picked on and that now they have the courage to do so!” said Devine.

“If the information presented this week hit home with just one student, it will have been worth it,” said Warr.

Fox News covered the anti-bullying activities and the video may be viewed at this link.

For more information on anti-bullying and cyber-bullying, visit http://www.stopbullying.gov/.

More information on Susan Sutton may be found at this link:
http://www.suttoncounseling.com/aboutus.html.

Written by: Paula White
Posted: Feb 27, 2014 by Paula White

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