Bellmore Students Box Out Bullying

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Fifth- and sixth-grade students at Bellmore’s Shore Road School learned a valuable lesson on bullying prevention during the PTA-sponsored “Box Out Bullying” cultural arts presentation. Using humor, President and Creative Director of Box Out Bullying Jeremy Rubenstein and his colleague brought their interactive and evidence-based anti-bullying live theater assembly program to the students and informed them of staggering statistics, such as: every day, 160,000 students in America skip school because of bullying, and one out of three students experience bullying at least once a week.

Using student volunteers, the actors (who portrayed cousins Tom and Jerry in the skits) reinforced bullying prevention techniques, helped students understand the difference between conflict and bullying, and discussed the difference between a “teller” and a “tattletale.” “Tattling is when you’re telling on someone just to get them in trouble, but being a teller is to protect someone, and that takes courage,” said Mr. Rubenstein.

The actors also stressed the four rules research has shown can help stop bullying: we will not bully others; we will help students who are being bullied; we will include students who are left out; and if we know someone being bullied, we will tell an adult at school and at home.

The program was held on Oct. 10 in recognition of National Bullying Prevention Month, a campaign founded in 2006 by PACER’s National Center for Bully Prevention to unite communities nationwide and to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention.