Hollis/Brookline students take the lead in anti-bullying efforts
Principal Bob Thompson said the students, clad in their customized T-shirts, then formed a human chain outside the school and captured their smiles on video.
“This shows how powerful words can be,” Thompson said, adding that Anti-Bullying Week was almost entirely student-led.
Committee member Michael Moscatelli, a seventh grader, said the club conducted a school-wide survey last winter, where 40 percent of his classmates shared that they had, at times, been the victim of bullying.
Fellow club member Reagan Barry said the group’s message is simple.
“If you see a bully, stop a bully,” she said.
Inviting the audience to share their thoughts, student Khuski Patel invited everyone who’d “ever witnessed a situation where something seemed funny but might have been hurtful to someone else” to stand.
Students later watched the music video for “Sunrise” by the band Our Last Night. The video tells the story of a bullied teen who was at first contemplating suicide but ultimately realizes there’s hope for the future.
Wentworth and Woodrow said in the film that they’d hoped to visit Hollis on Friday, but were unable to attend because they were in the midst of filming a new music video.
“If you see it (bullying), say something,” he said.
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