Lake Superior School District Kicks Off Anti-Bullying Campaign
Posted at: 10/23/2012 5:44 PM
| Updated at: 10/23/2012 6:21 PM
By: Laurie Stribling
The Lake Superior School District is taking steps to battle bullying at their schools and across the region. Jim Jelinske, owner of Creative Education Services, visited the district to help students, staff and parents fight the problem.
The district hired Jelinske after receiving a grant from the Northland Foundation. Jelinske held several presentations during the two-day visit, including one with Two Harbors and Silver Bay high school students. Jelinske used humor to captivate his audience Tuesday, but his message was very serious.
"I think one death, one suicide from bullying is too many," Jelinske said. "Every year, I seem to put more adolescents' pictures up on a slide that has to do with suicide from bullying. It's traumatizing for me."
Jelinske's visit helped kick off an anti-bullying campaign put on by DECA, a student marketing group at Two Harbors High School. The campaign is called "See it, Say it, Stop it" and student organizers said they hope other schools in the region will adopt this idea.
"I just think people need to realize that bullying is a problem and that it's happening," Senior Dan O'Neil, who is part of DECA, said. "I was bullied as a kid and I hate seeing it around me. It's something good to be passionate about."
A meeting for parents will be held at 6:30 p.m. October 23 at the school in Silver Bay. Jelinske said parents need to be informed just like kids because he said bullying happens at every age.