Youth Council Tackles Bullying in Schools

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Last night, dozens of students, parents and community members gathered at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore on East 86th Street to discuss one of the biggest problems facing schools today: bullying.

The event was organized by The Children’s Aid Society Community School’s Youth Council, a group of middle school students who are empowered to serve as advocates for their communities. This year, they surveyed 500 of their peers about their experiences with bullying, and used the results to make their own documentary. The film premiered last night and featured first person accounts as well as reenactments that demonstrate some of the difficult situations that students currently face.

After the screening, Youth Council members led a lively town hall discussion where students, parents and teachers alike shared their experiences with bullying and their suggestions for how to solve this problem in our communities. The students were articulate and honest during the discussion and handled difficult conversations with maturity. During one poignant moment, a student shared her painful story of a friend’s suicide as a result of bullying. Later in the evening, when a local NYPD officer was captivated by the discussion, he stressed the importance of parental and community involvement in cases of bullying, reminding the audience that bullies are often victims of violence themselves.

Last night’s event was also a fundraiser for The Children’s Aid Society. A portion of the proceeds from all of last night’s purchases in the 86th Street store will be donated to The Children's Aid Society. Your online purchases can still help Children’s Aid by using Book Fair Code #10711901 on all www.bn.com orders thru Friday, May 25th.