Hi, everyone! In the midst of Halloween prep, Phillips Exeter Academy came together to combat a monster that affects us all- bullying. During the 2012-2013 school year, stopbullying.gov reported that 22% of people between the ages of 12 and 18 are bullied. They also reported that on average 34% of high school students do not report bullying when it occurs.
This is our call to end the silence and stand with PACER for their National Unity Day. PACER’s campaign encourages everyone to wear orange to send out one giant message of kindness, acceptance, and inclusion. For the second year, CLF handed out orange anti-bullying t-shirts and help spread PACER’s message. Last year CLF handed out about 100 t-shirts to kids across the country. This year, we are proud to say that we distributed more than 7 times more shirts, sharing PACER’s mission with 7 times the people than last year.
National Bully Awareness month is important to mark in your calendar each year, but anti-bullying awareness isn’t just about a month. Bullying has been proven to increase the development of mental illness social problems and lower academic achievement.
Quick shout out to all of my fellow Exonians for banding together to unite against bullying. Also, a huge thank you to the swimmers of KING Aquatic Club and the Academy for Precision Learning.
Thank you all for help spreading the message. And remember that success of this year can mark the success of years to come with a few more helping hands.