Student Council members take a stand against bullying

Student Council Vice President Jasmine Feeley wore a sign around her neck Dec. 3 reading short as part of Student Councils presentation about bullying.

Student Council Vice President Jasmine Feeley wore a sign around her neck Dec. 3 reading “short” as part of Student Council’s presentation about bullying.

Jovanna Coronado, General Assignments Reporter

Jasmine Feeley walked the halls of ROJH on Dec. 3 with her head lowered and a sign reading “short” dangling around her neck.

“It was a very horrible day because when we were trying to stop bullying, people were bullying us,” Feeley, who serves as the Student Council vice president, said.

The Student Council dressed as bullied students in preparation for their Dec. 4 presentation to 8th grade classes about bullying. The students wore signs ranging from “nerd” to “left out,” which tied in with the video they presented to classes. They were instructed to be heads down and non-communicative with other students.

There are many ways to define bullying, including mental and physical harassment. Although Student Council member Levie Smith said he has never been bullied, he still wants to make a difference by becoming friends with the bullied. However, there are some Student Council members who have been bullied.

People in the past have called Januarie Espinoza names, and she has seen many people bullied, with no one offering them help. Espinoza knows the importance of helping the bullied through these experiences.

“(Bullies bully) because they have been bullied (and it) makes themselves feel better,” Espinoza said.

There are many ways to help stop bullying, such as reporting it when you see it.

“I talk to the people who are bullied and ask them if they need anything, and when I see it happening, I try and stop it,” Feeley said.

Feely said bullying prevention is very important and can help many victims.

“If you don’t stop it, it will keep on happening,” she said.