Pinewood Intermediate School students form a living peace sign Friday, Oct. 12, as part of the school's anti-bullying campaign.
Photo by John Purcell.
continued “We have developed some of our curriculum and writing around bullying, in terms of what they have learned throughout the month,” Kavanaugh-Farnan said.
Christopher said the school has had a character program for several years, but the focus on bullying was spurred through the state’s Dignity for All Students Act. This is the first school year the law is in effect, and it aims to provide public school students with a safe and supportive setting free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment and bullying.
“We decided that we’re going to develop a program that included all of the students, so it would really create a school community against bullying,” she said. “We figured we would need to do some school-wide events.”
Christopher has worked at Pinewood for five years and said bullying is an issue in all schools, and she thinks it is one that has generally increased due to technology.
The preventative work the school is doing is hoped to curb bullying before it starts, she said.
“We are hopeful that as years go on, with continuing these types programs, we’ll see that bullying is decreasing in the middle school and high school as well,” Christopher said.