Throughout each of our lives, it is likely we will come in contact with a bully at some point or another. It may have been someone who pushed you around during your school days or a person in your adult life who gets a thrill from making your life difficult; but it does not matter if you are five years old or 85 years old, being tormented by someone is never an enjoyable thing. The students and teachers at Upson-Lee North Elementary agree that bullying is something we all could do without and to reinforce those thoughts, they created an anti-bullying video for the school.
The idea for the video, entitled “Our three words…Our own way,” came from ULNE counselor Shameika Worthy.
“I love ‘Good Morning America,” said Worthy. “I was searching the web and saw where some other people had done ‘Your Three Words’ and I thought that would be a good idea for a video on bullying. So, I just got the ball rolling from there.”
“Your Three Words” is a segment on the popular morning show “Good Morning America” where viewers can express themselves by using just three words. For the anti-bullying video at ULNE, students and teachers in each classroom collaborated and came up with the three words they felt spoke out against bullying. Some that were used in the 11 minute film include, “Love, Stop Hatin’,” “Turn Back Bullies,” Bullying is Mean,” and “Warning: No Bullies.”
In addition to just coming up with the words, some classes performed a skit to demonstrate why they were against bullying. Other classes even chanted their three words to the tune of a song, such as using “Knock Out Bullying” to the tune of “What Does the Fox Say,” and another class used the beat of “We Will Rock You” for “ULNE Bans Bullying.”
“The students were really excited about making this video,” said Worthy. “They all loved coming up with the ideas and filming each part and were very creative. They all also wanted to know when it was going to be ready so they could watch it.”
Worthy first brought the idea to the table this past fall when the school was gearing up for National Bullying Awareness month in October. Once the creative process was finished, each student had to have parental permission in order to be in the video since it would be available on the internet. With the help of ULNE faculty and staff, Jaime Joiner, Laura Weems and Christy Johnson, Worthy stated it took about two weeks for all of the classrooms to be filmed and then another week or so for editing before the project was finished. Students have been watching the video while in their music class.
ULNE has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to bullying and Worthy feels she has been able to use the video as a reminder to students when an issue has arisen. She noted the project was a large undertaking, but something that was worthwhile. The school has not decided if they will do a video like this each year, but Worthy would like to do something similar to get the students involved.
ULNE Principal Shad Seymour is very proud of his school for working so hard on the video and thanks everyone involved in making it happen.
“Ms. Worthy and the students did an outstanding job on the video,” said Seymour. “I appreciate her taking the initiative to do it.”
To view the video visit www.YouTube.com and search for “ULNE Anti-Bullying Video.” You can also find a link to the video on The Thomaston Times’ Facebook page.
Ashley Biles can be reached by calling 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @AshleyBiles1