This group of heroes told an unforgettable story about their school’s commitment to becoming bully-free. What started as a one-day event has grown into an international movement, with people signing their online pledge from countries around the world. Watch the videos they created and take a moment to sign the online pledge.
Listen to the Heroes of Edward Town Middle School proudly talk about their creation during our interview.
Edward Town Middle School Heroes tell their story:
On November 18th, 2011, our school held an anti-bullying day; students signed a paper pledge and wore blue to show support for victims of bullying. In addition, several of my students helped to create a pair of anti-bullying videos with a simple but powerful message – If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. After showing it during homeroom, the video was posted on Youtube.
That’s when something interesting started happening.
The videos began receiving hundreds of hits daily from around the world. Links to the video began spreading across Facebook and Twitter. The local news outlets even caught wind and did feature stories on our students’ anti-bullying message.
This has certainly been a whirlwind, but a positive one. I have been a teacher in my school for 10 years and I have never witnessed something spread among the students in such an organic and purposeful way. Because of this, we decided to take the project to the next level and create an accompanying digital pledge to go along with the video. This site, http://wearethesolution.net, receives hundreds of views daily, and the pledge tally after only the first month exceeded 600 student, teacher, and parent signatures. These numbers quantify the power of a strong student community investing themselves in a cause that is meaningful and important to them.