Thursday, May 2, 2013

Silence the Bullies

Pajaro Valley High School has begun to tackle bullying on campus.  On the heels of "National Day of Silence" our goal was to flood the walls and doors of PV High School with anti-bullying posters and messages making it clear we take bullying seriously.  Leading up to the National Day of Silence our school resource officer (SRO) provided teachers with powerpoints and videos displaying the harsh reality of the impact bullying has on young people. Students, teachers, clubs, athletic teams and tutorial classes created their own anti-bullying posters that were hung around campus by our baseball team. 

Pajaro Valley High Schools Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) club was one of the driving forces behind the anti-bullying campaign.  One of our seniors received national attention from Congressman, Sam Farr in his National Day of Silence speech. 

"The National Day of Silence is important for many reasons - to let youth know they aren't alone, and there are plenty of people ready to support them just the way they are.

As my constituent, Heidy Dimas, Senior at Pajaro Valley High School, puts it, "National Day of Silence is important to me because it's a day when you see all the support for the silent ones and that nobody is alone in ANYTHING."

I am proud of my constituents who are calling for a stop to harassment of GLBT individuals.  I am particularly proud of my constituents in Watsonville and from Pajaro Valley High School for hosting the 16th Annual Queer Youth Leadership Awards."

Since the Nation Day of Silence teachers have shown the movie "Bully" in their classes, had our SRO make classroom presentations and shared resources with each other to educate our students on the destruction bullying causes.

Yesterday during our teacher staff meeting we had all teachers create a Twitter account and introduced the idea behind PLNs.  Our goal is to educate our teachers on how to use the tools and understand them so we can better educate our students on how to be responsible digital citizens.  

Ms. Donnelly's Class Poster

Below are more "Anti-bullying" resources.