While bullying has not become an issue at Moreno Middle School, eighth-grade student Sara Casas has asked that her assistant principal, Hank Looney, sign a proclamation with her saying that they will not tolerate any form of bullying on campus.
Casas sits on the Lone Star Leadership Council of Texas, where she attends workshops, does assignments and performs service projects throughout the school year.
While Casas had many ideas for her project, “No Name Calling” seemed to be appropriate with all that is happening around the world. She felt that this project would educate her classmates and bring awareness to such malicious acts.
“I don’t know if students realize that when you are a bully as a young person, you grow up to be an adult bully,” Casas said. “And what an ugly thing to be.”
While MMS does not tolerate bullying, educating the students will reinforce the consequences of this type of behavior.
“I think if our students understand the psychological damage bullying can cause, they will not attempt such vicious acts,” Casas said.
The eighth-grader’s proclamation states that “No Name Calling Week” will take place on campus from Jan. 24 through Jan. 28.
During that week, Casas and her friends will put up posters and hand out stickers to MMS students. Casas purchased a “No Name Calling Week” kit which includes supplies, a resource guide and a DVD about how to eliminate bullying. All three grade levels will watch the DVD.
National “No Name Calling Week” began in 2004 and was inspired by the novel “The Misfits.”
Casas learned about the national week while at a Barnes & Noble store in Austin. As part of her project, she also purchased several books from that store to donate to her school library.
The eighth-grader said she hopes “No Name Calling Week” will help everyone be a little more kind.