The issue must be addressed, he said.
“Everyone plays a role in setting a positive message.”
‘MUST FEEL SAFE’
Having the students speak at the workshop was the brainchild of Hulbert and Bill King, a counselor at Beekmantown Middle School; both men thought their students did a great job.
Wanda McQueen, project administrator of Safe Kids Healthy Schools, said it is important to make children aware of bullying at a young age so they can stop being bystanders or victims and end a destructive cycle.
“If you want to increase student achievement, students must feel safe in school,” she said.
The Task Force is part of Champlain Valley Education Services and is funded by a federal grant.
McQueen said the project has made progress educating children in the North Country about the dangers of bullying. The Task Force holds events such as a video contest that encouraged students to use their imagination to make creative anti-bullying videos that were screened and judged at Cumberland 12 Cinemas in Plattsburgh.
McQueen said the Task Force will continue to hold events like the workshop until all students, parents and school boards in the North Country understand the damage that bullying can cause in the minds of young people.
Even if he was bullied because he belongs to the school chorus, Hendrie said, he likes to sing and won’t stop if he gets called names.
Classmates tell him he is a really good singer. He will play Jiminy Cricket in Beekmantown’s upcoming production of “Ever After,” a comic musical about famous fairy tales.
He said he can’t wait.