On October 7th, the Franklin Public School District along with thousands of other schools around the globe participated in World Bullying Prevention Day. By wearing a blue shirt students showed their support for the victims of bullying and pledged not to partake in physically and emotionally hurting others.This worldwide event raised awareness to the situation of bullying in our world, nation, state, community and school. It’s estimated in the nation that 60,000 children miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation and 1 in 7 Students in Grades K-12 is either a bully or a victim of bullying.
Bullying isn’t’ just singling a person or group out and “attacking” them in some shape or form, it can include leaving someone out or ignoring them. Invite people looking for spots at lunch to sit with you or ask them if they want to be in your group when working on a project. You don’t always have to fling yourself into a physical fight to be involved in stopping bullying, the small things matter too.
In our own FHS many students acknowledge that bullying is a persistent problem and that they see it happening throughout the school. They also agree that bay is a good way to combat that. Regarding blue shirt days one student said “It lets people know how many people there are to support them if they get bullied because blue shirt wearers are supporters”. Other students commented on how it unites the school and gives them a self esteem boost to be supporting a good cause. Currently, there is a program in place where people around FHS can nominate fellow students as being a good role model and action taker against bullying. These nominated students receive a t-shirt that they can wear on blue shirt days.
It’s always nice to see FHS working together to support a good cause, keep up the good work!
While it’s not always possible to stop bullies it is possible to stand up for what is right and show support of the anti-bullying campaign. If you see anyone participating in any of the following forms of bullying or a victim of it please contact an administrator, guidance counselor or teacher, your actions will be appreciated!
1. Physical Bullying
2. Verbal Bullying
3. Indirect Bullying
To learn more about the campaign to end bullying visit:
Future Blue Shirt Days will be held on: