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October is Anti-Bullying Month

BOARD of Education Vice Chairwoman Janice Tenorio on Friday signed a proclamation designating October as Anti-Bullying Month.

“We hope to create a more positive environment for our students,” Public School System-Personal Responsibility Education Program or PREP Director Melisha San Nicolas said.

BOE member Herman T, Guerrero said bullying is not just happening in school or to students. “The fear extends to everybody else in the system. I encourage each of you to speak up when that thing happens. Don’t just watch if you see something happen. Step up and be brave. If you do not do something about, it you will regret it for the rest of your life,” he added.

Student members of the Youth Advisory Panel or YAP attended the Board of Education meeting on Friday for the anti-bullying proclamation.

Members of the Youth Advisory Panel attend the Board of Education meeting on Friday for the signing of the Anti-Bullying Month proclamation.  Photo by Lori Lyn C. LirioMembers of the Youth Advisory Panel attend the Board of Education meeting on Friday for the signing of the Anti-Bullying Month proclamation. Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

In signing the proclamation, Tenorio reminded students that a “support system is there if they feel threatened.”

She added, “Both the bully and those bullied need to be aware that there are counselors who can help them.”

San Nicolas said the PREP program sponsored the observance of Anti-Bullying Month and will facilitate activities connected with it.

“We want to be able to provide positive youth-development activities for the students, so that they are kept busy in the community and within schools which should keep them out of trouble and reduce the chances of risky behaviors,” she added.

There will be presentations on anti-bullying and how to prevent bullying, YAP president and Marianas High School student Alexandra Belle Dalusung said.

She said high school student leaders and volunteers will go to middle  and elementary schools to discuss various topics related to bullying and how to prevent it.

San Nicolas said establishing anti-bullying programs in schools and communities helps stop bullying, harassment, abuse and other forms of emotional and physical violence.

 “We want to encourage our students to look after each other, support each other, and be kind to each other because they don’t know what their peers may be going through. We want them to be a positive influence, make a difference and make sure they support each other and have a person that they can turn to if they need help,” San Nicolas said.

Interim Education Commissioner Glenn Muna said Anti-Bullying Month educates children, teachers and staff as well “to make sure that they don’t bully their students or their colleagues.”