The Bully, The Bullied, and the Not-So-Innocent Bystander: Reading and Anti-bullying with HSA Cincinnati

The Bully, The Bullied, and the Not-So-Innocent Bystander: Reading and Anti-bullying with HSA Cincinnati

As adults navigating the world as parents, educators and community members, we know all too well the pressures of being a young person. We’ve paid our dues–having gone through the not-so-coveted years of puberty–and have hopefully gained some insight and wisdom along the way. With our fair share of experience, and with a lot of care for our children and students, it only makes sense that we would strive to educate today’s youth as whole persons.

That is exactly what Horizon Science Academy Cincinnati (HSA Cincy) is doing, developing their students intellectually, emotionally, socially, and morally. This school year, the care for developing whole persons is seen especially in their Megaman Anti-Bullying campaign. We’re going to spend the next couple weeks pointing the spotlight on HSA Cincy and what they’re doing to raise anti-bullying awareness.

The Anti-bullying campaign will cover the entire school year and will surround the Omegaman anti-bullying program. The program challenges students to “Be a HERO and stop bullying.” Students will attend assemblies, read novels with specific lessons designed to address a number of bullying and social skills issues, and participate in a number of activities and contests during Stop Bullying Month (October).  

One of the most important components of this anti-bullying campaign is that it places an emphasis on relationships. Bullying is so much more than the bully-bullied relationship and in their effort to show this HSA Cincy has invited their staff to participate in a book study of The Bully, The Bullied, And The Not-So-Innocent Bystander. The book, written by Barbara Coloroso, looks at how bullying can be stopped when all members of the community are involved. This stems from the importance of integrating anti-bullying efforts into all areas of the school community: teacher training, parent resources, community resources, and student development. Because we all know that it truly takes a village to support our youth and help them grow into the Hero’s we know they can be.

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