Shoal River Middle School students teach about bullying

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Kennedy Toolan and Julianna Roberts, both 11, hold "Please Like Me Tabby," a book they created with classmates Jacob White and Thandi Nzombola. The text — part of a Mustang Learning Community social studies project at Shoal River Middle School — teaches children about discrimination. Suyen Vilchez, right, participated in a video about bullying produced by Shoal River students.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 06:55 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Social studies students in Shoal River Middle School’s Mustang Learning Community have learned about the seeds of hatred following a recent assignment.

The "...and justice for all” curriculum allowed students to discuss how prejudice and stereotyping breed adversity, MLC language arts teacher Cathy Clendennin said.

"The students’ goal was to try and end hate through educating others about how it happens and what individuals can do to help stop it," she said.

Whether using PowerPoint presentations or displaying homemade posters throughout the school, each group of students used a different platform to spread their message.  

Suyen Vilchez, 12, and four classmates produced a video in which Luke Lindenberger bullies Coby Aguilar. To retaliate, Coby works out and confronts Luke and they fight. However, they both find themselves in the principal's office.  

Each group member, including Melea Stokes and Olivia Clendennin, played a role in the production, from writing and performing the skit, to shooting it and editing the video.

"You really shouldn't judge somebody just by their appearance; judge them by their character," Suyen said. 

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