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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 07:01 PM
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School known for anti-bully campaign could use some help. (It's the little school that could)
Edited on Thu Oct-27-11 07:27 PM by blm
This small, Charlotte school is in a disadvantaged neighborhood, but, it is one of the top schools in the country when it comes to two things - Arts and its anti-bullying mindset.

The US attorney who wants to raise awareness on bullying went to the school to hear how its leading the way.
http://www.wcnc.com/news/local/US-Attorney-continues-di...

Now, Northwest School of Arts is fast becoming known as the school parents want to send their kids who have become targets at their home schools.

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Every day was torture for Josh Alexander. For years, the 13-year-old was targeted by bullies with cruel jokes and verbal abuse. That is, until he came to Northwest School of the Arts. "I felt a lot freer to just be myself and just be who I am truly instead of just cowering in the corner," said Alexander.

And Friday he and his classmates, many of whom also suffered in silence, made their voices heard. Tompkins, who oversees the Western District, spent the morning talking to parents, teachers, students and staff about bullying.

It's not a rite of passage," she said. "The bullying that's happening today is so much more pervasive and serious that children are committing suicide. That's when we really have to wake up and see what is the impact on these kids.

The teens, many of them members of the Gay Straight Alliance, shared their experiences with Tompkins. And although most of the questions revolved around sexual orientation, Principal Barry Bowe stressed it's about acceptance for all.
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Well, now this small school is competing with much larger schools for Glee's Give A Note prize being awarded to high school arts programs. Please give their submitted video a watch and add your vote. This small, brave school sure could use the votes.

http://www.gleegiveanote.com/vote_details.php?id=159


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zbdent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 07:10 PM
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1. You know, if bullying was occurring between two adults, out in the "real world" ...
it would be a criminal offense ... assault and battery, or at least terroristic intimidation and threats ...
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 07:16 PM
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2. I know...I want this US attorney to craft a campaign that includes punishment for the bullies
Edited on Thu Oct-27-11 07:17 PM by blm
and, hopefully, the punishment will be as severe as it can get for a minor. They almost always STAY bullies.
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Sherman A1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 07:35 PM
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4. happens in the work place everyday
but, I guess I do not understand your post.
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 08:55 PM
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5. kids don't get the similar punishment for the same actions...
Edited on Thu Oct-27-11 08:56 PM by blm
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 07:24 PM
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3. More on US attorney's visit with NWSA. This school will be helping shape policy.
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-28-11 10:35 AM
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6. Morning bump
for good cause
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