When a young person is bullied to the point of no return, the suffering felt by those left behind can spur a hopeful remedy out of painful tragedy. “Last spring we lost a student to suicide,” says Lyn Osburne, Key Club sponsor for the Kiwanis Club of the Rampart Range, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
“Several friends rallied during their grief to brainstorm ways to promote awareness about the harmful results of bullying. The Key Club of Rampart High School was asked to host and organize a program.”
Anti-bullying activities included premiering an educational video written and produced by students, training on suicide prevention and anti-hate promotion, hosting lunches to discuss bullying and networking with various organizations to increase awareness on a consistent basis.
“There will be another anti-bullying assembly to kick off the new academic year,” Osburne says. “In addition, there will be a panel discussion open to the community.” — Nicholas Drake