No name-calling bullying is out |

No name-calling bullying is out

LORY POUNDERsummit daily newsSummit County, CO Colorado

FRISCO – Words are powerful. Anyone who survived middle school can attest to that. So, during this week, National No Name-Calling Week, educators spent time getting students thinking about about their actions, bullying and alternatives to taking out feelings of anger or insecurity on others – a reminder everyone could benefit from.On Friday, Ashley Good’s sixth-grade class started off their day talking about this topic. She realizes the importance of making children aware of the impact they can have on each other, and as the teachers and students have raised awareness throughout the year she has seen children stand up against bullying.Stopping “labels and names we all faced at that age” will help the children become more caring students, she added. Each school held different activities for No Name-Calling Week. At Summit Cove Elementary School, a high-school student gave a lesson on the difference between harmless teasing and hurtful bullying, McCluskie said.In Good’s class, sixth graders Nicole Lande, Jessica Langevin and Mariah Parent worked together to talk about that same topic.Jessica said she had her own encounter with bullying when a boy in one of her classes repeatedly called her names in Spanish while she tried to help him with his work. She told the teacher and he has since stopped “because I think he knows he is hurting people’s feelings,” Jessica said.Nicole said she is glad they talk about bullying because the more students hear that it is wrong the less students do it.”We’ve had a lot of new kids this year… some kids are a different race and some kids make fun of how they look and how they talk,” Nicole said. “My friends don’t bully people, and if we see something bad, lots of people will stand up.”Lory Pounder can be reached at (970) 668-4628, or at

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