Gribbin Students Receive Bullying Prevention Education

Stand-up comedian and former middle school teacher Mike Speirs delivered his anti-bullying presentation “Be an Upstander, Not a Bystander” to Gribbin students as part of the school’s observance of National Bullying Prevention Month.

Speirs used a variety of activities and multimedia resources during the engaging presentation to teach students about what it means to be bullied. He also identified the different types of bullying, explained why bullying happens, and provided strategies on how to stand up to a bully. He explained the differences between reporting and tattling and gave examples to help students identify a "big problem" as opposed to a "small problem." The presentation concluded with Speirs reminding students that when someone is mean, it can hurt people.

“If everyone in this room chose to be nice, there would be no more bullying,” he said.

Students at Gribbin also participated in STOMP Out Bullying’s Blue Shirt Day World Day of Bullying Prevention. The “Be an Upstander, Not a Bystander” assembly kicked off the school’s character education program, which focuses on respect and kindness.