Dear David Yusum:
We are writing specifically to you because we are OUSD students and have been going to schools in Oakland since elementary school and we find it absurd how bullying still is happening. When looking through your violence prevention page we see sources on bullying. How can an online website help children and teens with bullying? Reading about bullying won’t stop anything. There are many more helpful resources a district can provide to the students. Bullying should be seem as a bigger issue because many people don’t know how many people are affected by bullying. Many people are experiencing bullying or and have been bystanders. We are writing to you, because in your role as Program Manager for Restorative Justice, you have the power to change OUSD bullying policy and make things more strict. There is still bullying going on, and the resources you have for students are not useful to students.
We believe that there is many issues that cause school bullying, but one of the biggest issues are appearance. To begin in the article Wasatch Academy it talked about how different people get affected by bullying. The article Wasatch Academy wrote “In childhood and adolescence, being different in some physical, discerning way can make for an easy target of bullying. That kid with the new pair of glasses, the tall, gangly 13-year-old and the kid with big ears could all be victims of bullying due to their physical appearances. Any physical characteristic that attracts attention could increase someone’s chances of becoming a target of bullying”(Wasatch Academy). Bullying effects kids and teens of all ages. They are being bullied because of their appearance and this makes it interpersonal oppression because it’s between a group of people. It also may include institutional oppression because a lot of bullying cases happen in school and many teachers are informed of what going on because the people who are being bullied are scared of speaking out and are antisocial which the teacher just may think that they are shy. To add on in the article Josh’s story: Getting bullied at school, it talked about someone’s personal experience about how they got bullied and how 20 years later the same thing happened to their stepson. Lisa modifica wrote “In my first year of middle school, kids taunted me and spit on me in hallways. It didn’t occur to me to tell my parents or teachers. Finally, when a group of 20 kids threatened to beat me up at the carwash the next day… Twenty years later, when my 11-year-old stepson, who I’ll call Josh, came home with a sprained wrist and a head injury as a result of bullying” (Modifica). There has to be something done about bullying because how can bullying still be happening after 20 years and this shows us that the problem is the schools and the district and they aren’t offering schools. This shows us that institutional oppression is the main reason why bullying is happening because school has to teach the students about the issues.
In the past many different actions have been taken to stop bullying. For example, on DoSomething.org they mention a project around the movie Bully (https://www.dosomething.org/us/campaigns/bully-project/community). They had community members, team up with the movie “Bully” to take a survey and tell readers and listeners the real story on bullying in their school. This shows the amount of awareness that happened. This shows public art and performance because they use art and performance to see how bad of a situation bullying is. This also shows public organizing because the school organized their students to take a survey to see what really causes bullying at their school. We think that both of these tactics of social change are on a step on being successful because it shows how it could spread awareness not only by adults but by students also. To add on, the article No Bully talked about how its partners with many organizations to get the word out about bullying. No Bully wrote “Each year 30% of students are the target of bullying and cyberbullying. No Bully has developed an evidence based program that leverages student empathy to bring this crisis to an end. Since 2009 the non-punitive No Bully Organization System has created bully-free schools for over 200,000 students”(No Bully). No Bully has helped over 200,000 students, by
Us, as a community are trying to bring awareness to our school and community by painting and anti bullying logo on Ms. Goulder’s classroom door. We want to to this because what we thought was there lots of students and people pass by our school classrooms and they will be able to see that we are against bullying and that could give out a lot of ideas that our school does not tolerate that. The supplies that we will need are painting supplies such as paint, brushes, etc.according to out rankings in our movements or movement which is public art and performance lands on the third most effective movement because public art shows how many people could see it when they passy by and the art would catch their attention so then they will see the meaning of the art. we are very confident in this because we know that this will cause awareness and will teach people that bullying is not acceptable in our community.
Janie and Chris
Kassoy, Ben. “The Bully Project.” DoSomething.org, www.dosomething.org/us/campaigns/bully-project/community.
This source is about how people form a school made a big connection from the movie “Bully” and then made the school take a survey on the real reason for the bullying at their school. This is a relevant source because it shows how a school connects to a movie to address a real-time issue.
“No Bully: A Radically Effective Solution to Bullying | No Bully.” No Bully: A Radically
Effective Solution to Bullying | No Bully, www.nobully.org/.
No Bully is an organization that provides and help students out who are getting bullied.They have also have partnered with many other organizations to share out about bullying.
WASATCH ACADEMY. “What Are Some Common Causes of Bullying?” Wasatch Academy, 14 Feb. 2019, www.wasatchacademy.org/blog/what-are-some-common-causes-of-bullying/?_vsrefdom=googleppc&gclid=Cj0KCQjw2IrmBRCJARIsAJZDdxBszL7CYDyjVJGTnWf49SHnqjBjZm9_aiWbrxZF2tqnJb_X1TdWLWkaAnPSEALw_wcB.
Wasatch Academy talks about how people can be targets for bullying. It also talked about how there are different ways a person can be targeted and how the bully is responsible for it.
David Yusum. “Violence Prevention / Bully Prevention.” / Bully Prevention, 20 Apr. 2018, www.ousd.org/Page/1158.
This website shows us many other online website people can go for resources to learn more about bullying. It also allows us to see how OUSD wants to help their schools and how they see bullying from their own perspective.
Modifica, Lisa. “Josh’s Story: Getting Bullied at School.” Parenting, 4 Sept. 2018, www.greatschools.org/gk/articles/combatting-bullying-or-is-this-just-the-new-normal/.Tags: #Elimanatebullying #OUSD #upstander Life Academy of Health and Bioscience