Cyberbullying Awareness Week
April 06, 2017
During the week of April 3rd, IWHS has been involved in activities to help students be aware of the detrimental effects of cyberbullying. This event was the brainchild of the Class of 2020 sponsored by teachers Debbie Quinones and Alexis Villarreal. The ninth grade English classes read the autobiography by Paige Rawl titled Positive. The author is a survivor of cyberbullying. As part of their LAP students worked on a campaign proposal that would bring awareness and a call to action for our campus regarding cyberbullying. Their campaign included research, design, marketing, letter writing and community involvement. The entire freshmen class submitted Antibullying awareness proposals and one group was selected to spearhead: Sarah LaFrance, Mariana Villanueva, Mary Provencio, and Gabby Benavidez.
In addition to daily activities for the Cyberbullying Awareness Week, on April 4 during assembly, Mrs. Molak, from David’s Legacy Foundation, State Representative Diana Arevalo (Class of 2000), and attorney Jimmy Carter (Don’t Bully Me project) spoke to the student body. Mrs. Molak told her son David’s story. He was cyberbullied relentlessly by at least 30 individuals and sadly committed suicide as a result. She described the devastating effect that the bullying had on David and the rest of her family. Representative Arevalo discussed the importance of standing up for others and empowering students to stand behind the social issues important to them. (She spoke” Shamrock” and reminisced briefly about her time here at IWHS.) Mr. Carter discussed David’s Law, legislation that is currently being considered, as well as the legal implications of cyber-assisted bullying for high school students. They both called our students to action to write letters to their representatives to make changes in the laws needed to deter the behavior and hold those accountable who participate in such behaviors.
Several news stations attended the assembly and aired the event on the evening news:
For the assembly students wore pink student-designed T-shirts and were encouraged to make a $5 donation to benefit David’s Legacy Foundation. In addition, teachers and students are encouraged to sign a pledge “I pledge to never use my device as a weapon,” for which they receive a sticker to place on their mobile device as a reminder and a wristband.
The week’s activities included the following:
- April 4: Stand Together! Anti-cyberbullying assembly with special guest speakers and pink T-Shirts.
- April 5: Don’t be a bystander, STOP Cyberbullying today! Sign the pledge.
- April 6: Be Aware! Students will be encouraged to sit somewhere different especially during lunches. Upper classmen who sit in the Loft swop places with the lower classmen on the floor. Also, be aware and write a letter or contact their representative. A computer will be set up assist students in obtaining the names and addresses of their legislator.
- April 7: Be the best kind of you! Free dress day. In the cafeteria, there will be celebration with music and a full length mirror that reads: “Be your best! How do you reflect on IWHS?” Students are encouraged to wear clothes suitable for a job interview or their uniform.