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Home Street Middle School takes on bullying

October 11, 2013

Home Street Middle School staff members wear their “Bullying Stops Here” shirts on Friday, Sept. 20, the last day of Violence Prevention Week, which kicked off the school’s Bullying Prevention Awareness Month campaign for October. This year, the school is focusing on teaching kindness. Photo courtesy Home Street Middle School

October is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month and Home Street Middle School is going full-bore in its efforts to raise awareness while fostering the anti-bullying antidote – kindness.
“Good things are happening at Home Street Middle School,” Administrative Assistant Kristin Carr said. “Staff and students are aware and concerned about bullying in their community and on surrounding campuses” and are involved in HSMS’ multi-pronged anti-bullying campaign.
HSMS first began its focus on anti-bullying efforts five years ago when former Principal Randy Cook came onboard, Carr said. She added that, today, Principal Patrick Twomey continuously reminds students of the HSMS motto, “If you see something, say something.” “Almost always, fellow students are the ones who see bullying take place.” Creating a culture of positive activism on campus, is “for the betterment of all.” 
This year, the anti-bullying campaign was launched in earnest during the September 16-20 Violence Prevention Week, when Wild Iris Family Counseling and Crisis Center staff made on-campus violence prevention presentations, Carr said.
On Sept. 20, students were encouraged to wear red, the symbol of anti-bullying and violence prevention awareness, Carr said. Staff members wore their Bullying Stops Here shirts, which were sponsored by the Associated Student Body.
(Read more in the Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013 edition of The Inyo Register.)

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