Group of Students Help Address Anti-Bullying Awareness
71% of students say bullying is a huge issue at their school, and that number is only increasing. However terrible, unfortunately that bullying statistic is not surprising, as 3.2 million students in America are victims of bullying each year, and in Canada 1 in 3 adolescent students have reported being bullied recently.
That is why the entire student body at Bullit East High school in Kentucky got together to create an anti-bullying video to get the message out about bullying, and to support those across the nation who are victims of bullying. In a music-video style, the students show their support for the anti-bullying movement.
The anti-bullying video, posted on YouTube Tuesday, was part of an annual project produced by United for East, a group of 20 students selected by teachers to help address anti-bullying and drug and alcohol awareness.
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“For lack of a better word, high-school can sometimes stink” – Bullit East High student
“In high school you want to feel like you’re a part of something”. – Bullit East High Student
That is just what this video aimed to do. Every student at the school was involved in the making of the video, so everyone feels connected, and everyone matters. The video showed all of the schools clubs, and every student was shown on film at some point.
The video will be used as an educational tool for future students to be educated on anti-bullying, and the importance of this movement to the high school.
Check out the making of the video:
The group spent months planning the video, which involved the school’s 1,400 students participating in a one-shot music video, following students lip syncing to Jimmy Eat World’s “The Middle” through lines of their classmates.
They had decided to do the video after a former senior brought the idea to them last year. He had seen a video done by Cypress Ranch High School in Texas to the song “Who Do U Think U R?” by Kaitlyn K and wanted to do the same thing at Bullitt East.
After the filming, United for East members said they were excited to see the finished product.
“It shows people they have a reason to be here,” senior Kendall Mayfield, 17, said. “I think some people feel targeted, and they feel like nobody wants them here. But in reality, it kind of shows how much we can come together and how much we want them here.”