This past week at Eastland Middle School (Grades 3-8) the school kicked off Bully Prevention Month with a Bully Prevention Assembly presented by Chris McBrien and his “Team Bully Free.” Mr. McBrien presents around the Midwest visiting more than 100 schools per year to promote bullying prevention. The assembly stressed to the students what bullying looks like and how to communicate and get help if bullying happens to them or their friends.
Cory Walters, Eastland School Social Worker, said, “The assembly ended with two important questions: ‘Do you want to be the person that everyone wants to remember 10 years from now? Or, do you want to be the person that everyone wants to forget?’”
(Top) EMS students Jillian Appel, Jessica Black, and Brighton Haverland participating in a bullying skit.
(Mid-right) An example of posters displayed in the school hallways to remind students of those two important questions.
(Bottom right) EMS teacher Josh Ehlers with Chris McBrien, helping bring some humor to the serious topic of bullying.
Students throughout the tri-state area are creating anti-bullying committees. Our community recognizes that bullying is a serious issue that demands our attention. Now is the time to continue that conversation.
During Bully Prevention Month, Riverview Center invites the public to join them at 6:30 pm, October 25th at the Seton-Farley Center for Light Up the Night, an evening of free food, music and games while sharing your stories and building support groups and action committees – for yourself, for your friends, for anyone you see being bullied, for a safer community for us all. If you reach out, we are here.
If we stand up as a community to support survivors of violence, we can create lasting change. By transforming our community’s shared values so that violence against others is not tolerated, we can halt bullying that can harm our community and lead to future violence.
Riverview Center is a non-profit agency committed to providing compassionate, client-centered care for individuals affected by sexual and domestic violence in the tri-state area. All of our services are free, confidential, and age-appropriate.