Students work to ‘Stand Up To Mean Behavior’

At Perry Hill School students are being told to use different words to describe bullying, by calling it mean behavior.

“No one knows what ‘bullying’ looks like, feels like, sounds like, but everyone knows what ‘mean’ looks, feels and sounds like,” said Sarah DeNigris, counselor at Perry Hill.

The school held a “Stand Up To Mean Behavior” week Nov. 18-22, when students took part in a school-wide poster and essay contest.

“The majority of students entered the contest, and there were many wonderful posters and essays,” DeNigris said. “ We are hoping to have students realize that they too need to do their part in making the school climate at their school a positive one.”

DeNigris said statistics show that when a peer witness intervenes, mean behavior will stop in fewer than 10 seconds.

“Witnesses have the power to prevent mean behavior from escalating, and to help stop it when it’s happening,” so instead of just watching, DeNigris said, witnesses should say something.