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Speak Up inspires WCHS to stand up to bullies

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By Ava Freeman, Features Editor

May 10, 2019

Teasing is an inevitable part of growing up: almost everyone goes through it. However, when this teasing becomes repetitive with the intent to hurt someone, it becomes a more serious issue. According to the National Bullying Prevention Center, over one in five children and teenagers report to have...

Teachers need to learn to not bully

Teachers need to learn to not bully

By Sammi Silber, Senior Writer

May 7, 2015

We are all aware of our favorite and least favorite teachers. Some will cheer you on and never give up on you.  Others will kill you with their negativity and attitude, which can in the end psychologically affect us students. When students are in school, they have to balance seven periods of homework,...

Bindeman Center presents bullying documentary

Bindeman Center presents bullying documentary

By Julia Heimlich, Features Editor

November 20, 2014

Behind their caked-on makeup and pearly whites, girls can be vicious creatures. Because of their ability to cover up whatever drama goes on behind the scenes, situations in which a girl is both the bully and the victim is not always taken as seriously as it should be. A showing of the 2011 documentary...

Lee J. Kaplan presents his show ‘Bully’ at CHS

Lee J. Kaplan presents his show 'Bully' at CHS

By Katherine Michael, Staff Writer

April 7, 2014

Churchill students eagerly gathered in the auditorium Thurs. April 3 to listen and learn about the terrors of bullying. Producer, writer and actor Lee J. Kaplan performed Bully, an original production inspired by entries in his sixth-grade journal. Students’ responses were extremely positive and su...

Bullying policy needs to take its own advice and ‘be the change’

Bullying policy needs to take its own advice and 'be the change'

By Gil Jacobson, Production Editor

September 24, 2013

"Nobody likes you," "Why would you wear that?" and "You’re so gay," are just a few of the phrases heard throughout the CHS hallways every day.  While some of these are said in a joking or even sarcastic tone, not everyone interprets them the same way. Physical abuse at CHS may be rare, but verbal...

Junior wins award for anti-bullying video

Junior wins award for anti-bullying video

By Nicole Malament, Observations Editor

January 2, 2013

Congratulations to junior Danny Welch, who won second place and a $500 cash prize in the national "Energize Students’ Anti-Bullying" video contest. Welch began creating mini-films recreationally in eighth grade and has since developed a passion for filmmaking. "It was a lot of fun making the vide...

Anonymity online leads to rise in bullying

Anonymity online leads to rise in bullying

By Howard Palmer, Staff Writer

May 2, 2012

Making fun of someone for cutting themselves, having an eating disorder or looking different has always been a problem in high school, but when students are allowed to interact anonymously, there is virtually no risk of being held accountable for hurtful words, and bullying can run rampant.

‘Bully’ sheds light on growing problem

By Matthew Reback, Staff Writer

April 30, 2012

According to an April 19 Statesman Journal article, more than 13 million kids will be bullied this year. In 2010, the federal government attempted to address this problem by holding its first annual bullying summit. That same year, a group of "bullysides," suicides by teenagers as a result of peer bull...

Tennessee law may protect anti-gay bullying

By By Charlotte Scarborough, Staff Writer

February 21, 2012

American society has taken great strides toward achieving equality for its citizens in the past few decades. Unfortunately, it seems like basic human rights are now under assault in the state of Tennessee. The Family Action Council of Tennessee (FACT), a conservative organization that believes in...

Students reach out with new bullying initiative

By Allison Srour, Features Editor

September 28, 2011

Posters decorate halls and classrooms, light blue bands cover people’s wrists and advertisements play on the Daily Dose. Stemming from Gandhi’s famous quote, “Be the change you wish to see in the world,” Be the Change (BTC) is a new campaign created by leaders at CHS, including Principal Joan...

He could overcome paralysis, can we stop teasing?

By Amna Farooqi, Editor-in-Chief

September 28, 2011

Many students know and love the gust of wind and the feeling of carelessness that speed brings. Feeling the lightness of the air and the rush of 100 mph—it’s the type of adrenaline kids our age would crave. It was also the last thing Jeremy Newman felt before he hit the ground and saw black. It’s...

Be the change: Are CHS students even able?

By Justine Stayman, Circulation Manager

September 28, 2011

At the very beginning of the school year, the video promoting the new “Be the Change” campaign raised questions among students about what exactly the campaign aimed to accomplish. The video showed students repeating the campaign’s catchphrase, “Be the Change” and suggested that students...

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