CCISD Anti-Bullying Summit
CORPUS CHRISTI – More than 300 middle and high school from Corpus Christi ISD students met with administrators and counselors at the American Bank Center today to discuss how to end on-campus bullying.
The anti-bullying summit was kicked off with a speeches from students who explained how bullying has affected them. “Think before you say something hurtful. A kind word can make a world of difference in someone’s life,” said Stephanie Thomas, a Baker Middle School student.
Students made several suggestions to administrators on how to address the problem, including having a class to teach students about bullying and how to increase reporting of problems.
“It’s always good to hear that students perspective. They’ll really tell you what it’s all about,” said Superintendent Scott Elliff, “You know this is not an initiative that is going to stop at the end of this year. We are gonna continue to focus on this.”
Today, students broke into smaller groups to discuss the possible causes of bullying. Carroll High School took this event as a chance to introduce a new after school program called Student-to-Student.
“We are actually help engaging new students that come to school and we help them fit it. And this also helps with anti-bullying because these new students are victims of bullying,” says sophomore Sara Surani.
The new group will include students from different social groups who will welcome students who feel they are outcast. The group will help these students create a friend base that will hopefully keep them from becoming a victim to bullying.
“And it really makes a difference to them just to know that people care about them. Just to know that people… They have someone there to help them out,” says Surani.
In the meantime, Superintendent Elliff says faculty will review all of the suggestions during the summer and possibly implement some changes in the next school year.