About 15 minutes into his opening speech, Sioux City Superintendent Paul Gausman spoke the word that became the underlying theme of the statewide bullying prevention summit Tuesday.
“Be an upstander, not a bystander,” Gausman said.
An upstander, he said, is a person who stands up for what they believe and who stands up for others. It’s a message Gausman’s been trying to sell roughly 14,000 students ever since his district was featured in the documentary “Bully.”
Gausman opened the day-long summit that officials say brought more than 1,100 people to Hy-Vee Hall in downtown Des Moines Tuesday with a story of the district’s response, including a partnership with the Waitt Institute for the Prevention of Violence and the establishment of the MVP (Mentors in Violence Prevention) program.
Throughout the day, speakers and panelists covered topics ranging from cyber bullying and culture in the classroom to the legal limitations of trying to prosecute bullies as the state looks, once again, at how best to stop bullying.
Read the story linked above for more background. How do you think schools can best address bullying?