by Erika K., Jia C., & Cherry L.
Jericho Middle School had a school-wide bully prevention walk (Olweus Kickoff) on the track followed by an assembly. This event was on Friday, October 18. Everyone wore their neon yellow t-shirts displaying our motto, “We don’t stand by… we stand up”. The kick-off encouraged students to help those who are bullied.
For every mile the students ran/walked, they received a colorful, plastic foot to attach to their necklace. The feet represented being in somebody else’s shoes. For example, the phrase, “You may not know what someone else is going through unless you walk a mile in their shoes,” explains that you may not know what both a bully or a victim might have gone through.
Sometimes a student may not know that he/she is being bullied, but they may realize what is actually happening after this event. Bystanders who watched the student being bullied may learn to stand up instead.
The Olweus kickoff is named after Dr. Dan Olweus. He is a research professor of psychology in Norway. He spent years researching the issue of bullying to help keep students safe in school and other places.
Another highlight of the event was when the students watched an assembly given by Rohan Murphy. He is an inspirational speaker who is interesting, funny, and has lived through a lot of hardship. He has no legs but he told us an inspirational story about his younger life until now. The story involved his interest in wrestling and how one coach helped him achieve his goal. Instead of using a wheelchair, Rohan moved about the stage using his muscular arms. He even invited a student on stage for a quick wrestling match. Even without legs, he was able to beat the student! Everyone enjoyed his talk and the message.