BHS students give program on bullying

Posted May 03, 2011, at 10:23 p.m.

BANGOR — The topic of bullying is increasingly being highlighted in the news and in professional journals as the number of incidents involving bullying grow, said organizers of a recent program held at a Bangor school.

Students from Bangor High’s civil rights team recently gave a presentation on bullying to students at James F. Doughty Middle School.

Through testimonies and accounts, citizenship team members shared the sharply felt wounds from personal experience inflicted by bullying while also emphasizing the message contained in the Golden Rule, “treating others as we want to be treated.”

In addition, team members emphasized the worth and value of each individual throughout the presentation.

“The civil rights team stories really made me reconsider my actions and take a fresh look at the effects of the choices I make,” acknowledged an eighth-grade student after the presentation by the Bangor High team.

Afterward, Superintendent Betsy Webb addressed the grade six, seven and eight students, stating that the Bangor School Department’s intent was that all students attend schools where environments are conducive to learning — supportive, encouraging and free of bullying.

To reinforce the message, the BHS civil rights team gave each JFD student a lime-colored bracelet stamped with “Think B4U Speak” and “Think B4U Act.”