SHONTO, Ariz. - Shonto Preparatory School students have been learning how bullying hurts others. The different types of bullying include verbal, social, physical and cyber bullying. The week of April 6-10 was devoted to anti-bullying activities. Students competed in a door decoration contest with an anti-bullying theme.
All students and staff members received shirts to wear April 10 that read "Shonto Bears Do Not Bully." All teachers and students will continue to wear their shirts every other week.
Also on April 10, all students received a blue balloon with an anti-bullying message attached. The Shonto Maintenance Department began the day very early in order to inflate 400 helium filled balloons. The student council was instrumental in the anti-bullying week activities. The school superintendent, a Navajo police officer and the dean of students spoke to the students. The students recited the anti-bullying pledge. At the end of the pledge, all the students released their balloons.
Officials with the National Association of People against Bullying gave presentations to all grade levels. The Mendez family talked about the harmful effects of bullying, and about their son who was continually bullied. Students learned that everyone is hurt when someone is bullied.