Our 2014 School Tour. This is a fun event that you dont want to miss. There will be lots of entertainment all in the name of anti-bullying. Help us to put an end to the epidemic of bullying and get the message out to all students who attend. This event will surely be a sellout. Get your tickets early. For more information, visit our calendar for details.

As motivational speaker and youth mentor Sir Rod Patterson danced across the Richmond County Technical Career Magnet School’s gym floor, teachers and students were ready to rock the house down.

Patterson dressed up as James Brown, Michael Jackson and other singers, lip-synching their greatest hits. Students screamed, teachers laughed and some members of the superintendent’s cabinet danced.

After five minutes of singing and dancing at the “Take a Stand Lend a Hand” rally, a different side of Patterson comes out. Patterson detailed the different types of bullying a
student could encounter in their lives, from physical and cyberbullying to “self-bullying.”

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He encouraged the audience to “don’t ignore it, report it.” Patterson also stressed the importance of talking to school counselors and friends to help prevent bullying when it occurs.

“If you do nothing, you are an accidental bully,” Patterson said during the rally, which students from several Rich­mond County schools, board of education members and parents attended. “Don’t ignore it. Don’t laugh along. Get involved and help to stop it.”
Patterson said bullying is a very serious problem at schools nationwide.

“It’s pretty bad out there, looking at it generally,” Patterson said. “You see the kind of physical stuff most people associate with that word, but also cyberbullying and the kind of self-bullying created by low self-esteem. It’s definitely a problem that needs to be addressed. Rallies like this help set the mindset for the school year and help students dealing with the problem.”

After his show, attendees took an “anti-bullying” pledge, promising to stand up to all forms of bullying.

The rally ended with words from Superintendent Angela Pringle, who said that there is “no room” for bullying in the school system.

“I want you to take home this message. This is one of the issues that really hurts student achievement. If students don’t feel good about school, they will not be able to do well,” Pringle said. “How you feel matters. I need all of you here to own this. From this month on, we will have no bullying in this school system.”

 

The Augusta Chronicle

by Sean Gruber