Oct 1st, 2012
LAKE WALES – Bok Academy students put their best foot forward Monday (Oct.1) to stomp out bullying.
Oct. 1 is the official Blue Shirt Day World Day of Bullying Prevention, and Bok’s 540 students turned up in a wave of blue shirts including many shirts with custom messages created by the students themselves.
Principal Damien Moses kicked off the rally by talking to students about a time when he felt bullied by messages that were posted on social media.
Guidance counselor Leanne Thrift asked other school employees to stand up if they had ever felt bullied, and nearly every adult stood up. Thrift talked to students about different types of bullying and shared statistics about bullying.
When Thrift learned about the StompOutBullying.org initiative, she asked Moses if she could organize awareness activities and a rally at Bok Academy.
Stomp Out Bullying was created in 2005 as a national anti-bullying and cyberbullying program for students.
PHOTO #1: Bok students Chelsea Redner, Lucy Otero and Elicia Garza pose in one-of-a-kind shirts before the Stomp Out Bullying rally.
PHOTO #2:Sixth grade student Delayne McBee wears a shirt she created herself.
PHOTO #3: Student Hannah Ward made her own Stomp Out Bullying shirt.
PHOTO #4: Erica Reeves’ shirt included shoe laces!
PHOTO #5: A student uses his iPad to record Principal Damien Moses’ speech to students during the rally.
PHOTO #6 & #7: Some students also decorated the backs of their shirts.
PHOTO #8: Principal Damien Moses speaks to Bok Academy students about bullying and cyberbullying.