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Wednesday, May 25, 2016
United against bullying
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East Meadow High School held assemblies during all nine periods, and Assistant Principal Kristi Detor said the students watched a slideshow and video presentation about bullying, which was followed by a group discussion. Afterward, the students signed their banner. “At the end of the assembly,” Detor said, “I had numerous students coming up and giving me ideas on what they thought would really help this school, and where they thought there were needs.”

Detor ended up making arrangements to meet with 15 or so students on a monthly basis to discuss bullying in the school. “It was one of those days where you didn’t really know where it was going to go,” she said, “and we were so excited with the outcome.”

Other students at McVey agreed that by wearing orange, they were uniting as one to stand up to bullies. “Orange is really colorful, and it makes people stand out,” said Isabel Saffioti, 10. “Bullies target people who stand out. It’s amazing to be a part of.”

“Bullies pick on people who are different,” added Michael Leeb, also 10. “If we all wear orange, then they have to pick on all of us.”

Each school’s banner, Allred-Pulice said, will be further decorated in school art classes, and then be displayed for the remainder of the year. It’s her desire, she said, to make Unity Day an annual event. “This is the beginning,” she said. “This is the start.”

And with orange the dominant color for a day at the district’s schools, it was evident that the students were getting the message. “If we all stood up to it, the bullying would stop,” said Colin Herlihy, a McVey fifth-grader. “Then the world would be a much better place.”


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