Promoting Safe Schools
Thursday, October 17, 2013 1:10 PM


The documentary "Bullied" was produced by the Southern Poverty Law Center. It chronicles the life of Jamie Nabozny who won a landmark lawsuit in federal court which established that all young people deserve a safe educational experience, including GLBT youth. Nabozny, a Minneapolis resident, now travels the country speaking out for the millions of kids bullied in our schools everyday; he was recently named a Defender of Human Rights by the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights.

Here is a note to the staff at NEMS from teacher Michael Grandys who organized Tuesday's presenation:

"Bullying continues to be an indsidious, relevant issue for our students. When Jamie asked for audience feedback at the beginning of his presentation, the results were eye-opening ... hurtful words are being used daily, often under our ever-vigilant radar. Social media remains a gargantuan vector of interstudent communication into which we are not necessarily tapped ...

So... what can we do?

We continue to tell students that we care about them. We let them know our doors are open for any concern. We model the behaviors and language we wish they would adopt when we interact with them and each other. And trust me -- THEY NOTICE. Understand that, as adults with whom they spend a large amount of time and with whom they form relationships, we have an impact on their academic and social development. Let's continue encouraging and challenging our students to become thoughtful and successful young people at Northeast and beyond our walls."