Leonia High School Pledges to Stop Bullying on #Day1
Leonia High School’s faculty, staff, and students understand the severity of bullying and its consequences. According to senior, Alexis Kim, “It’s important to stop bullying on #Day1 before it leads to larger, more serious issues. Then it cannot develop and become a danger to others.” Junior Isabelle Raskin agreed, saying bullying awareness “prevents bullies from thinking it’s okay before it gets out of hand.”
Leonia High School’s Anti-Bullying coordinator, Marlana LaPera, commented that “The Upstander Pledge is a way for our students to take a stand against bullying. It is our hope that students will take responsibility for their actions and encourage others to do the same. We want to encourage students to take actions when they see bullying occur. These steps can be to stop it, report it, or even reach out to some who they know has been bullied. We want our students to have the tools to recognize bullying when it occurs and to take the correct actions in becoming in upstander in their environment.”
As a result, in efforts first begun by the Tyler Clementi Foundation—whose mission is to end online and offline bullying in schools, workplaces and faith communities—members of the school community have pledged to stop bullying on #Day1, working together to educate people on how bullying harms us all. Junior, Benjamin Asciutto’s goal after pledging is to” make everyone feel happy and have strong self-esteem.”
Many students, faculty, and staff have taken the Upstander Pledge, joining thousands of people across the nation who are firmly committed to actively stand against bullying wherever it may be, showing that we can stand up to bullying by expressing how our unique differences and identities make this world a better place. “Everyone should feel welcome and not be afraid to come in every day,” Catalina Castellon, Leonia High School senior, states after pledging. The Tyler Clementi Foundation is an organization created by the Clementi family which seeks to prevent bullying through inclusion, assertion of dignity and acceptance as a way to honor the memory of Tyler Clementi [of Ridgewood, NJ]: a son, a brother and a friend.
In 2010, Tyler’s death became a global news story, highlighting the impact and consequences of bullying while sparking dialogue amongst parents, teachers, and students across the country. The story also linked to broader issues impacting youth and families such as LGBT inequality, safety in schools, youth in crisis, higher education support systems, and cyberbullying.
Bullying can happen anywhere, and today’s youth are especially at risk.
Bullying: Fast Facts
28% of U.S. students in grades 6–12 have experienced bullying.
20% of U.S. students in grades 9–12 have experienced bullying.
9% of students in grades 6–12 experienced cyberbullying.
15% of high school students (grades 9–12) were electronically bullied in the past year.
55.2% of LGBT students experienced cyberbullying.
30% of young people admit to bullying others in surveys.
70.6% of young people say they have seen bullying in their schools.
70.4% of school staff have seen bullying.
62% witnessed bullying two or more times in the last month and 41% witness bullying once a week or more.
You too can take the #Day1 Pledge and become an #Upstander in your community: https://tylerclementi.org/pledge/
L.A.S. - 9th Grade Field Trip
The Leonia Science Academy (freshman class) visited the Meadowlands Environment Center on October 10th. Mrs. Smyth and Miss Shutovsky chaperoned the trip. The class examined many aspects concerning the ecology of an estuary. Chemical field tests were performed and the class took part in a “Fish Murder Mystery”. In this challenging program the students were charged with solving an environmental scenario. The students combined water testing, current events, and map resources to gather and present evidence to support a hypothesis for what caused a massive fish kill.