Bay High students learn anti-bullying lesson in cafeteria - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Bay High students learn anti-bullying lesson in cafeteria

Posted: Updated:
BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) -

Lunch time at Bay High School took on an anti-bullying theme Tuesday. Instead of dining with their friends, club members, or classmates, the students sat with people they don't normally hang out with at school. The event can break down barriers and foster new friendships.

The cafeteria at Bay High School turned into a big anti-bullying experiment.

"The cafeteria is always the most divided area of the school. We break ourselves up with whether it be through racial lines, social economic, or different interests," said Jeremy Grubbs.

Grubbs is the Advisor of the Bay High Future Educators Association, which sponsored "National Mix-It-Up-At-Lunch Day" Tuesday.

Students were allowed to wear different colored clothes, instead of their school uniforms. They had no idea why, until they lined-up for lunch. They were told to sit with other students who were wearing the same shirt color.

"These are just students that see each other every day, but they might not necessarily talk to each other," said Grubbs.

"Mix It Up Day" is designed to promote tolerance and reduce prejudice.

To help break the ice, students asked each other questions that were placed at each table.  Some examples of questions were: What's your favorite holiday and do you have a pet?

Shkeele McDowell sat at the "red" table with three other teens.

"It's actually a pretty good exercise to do, because I really don't know them.  But they're actually really cool to hang out with," said senior Shkeele McDowell.

"They're all really nice. I've never talked to any one of them before, but it's a good way to step out of the box and meet new people," said sophomore Cassidy Compretta.

"These people are really great. I'd probably hang out with them all the time if I had the chance," said sophomore Ryan Denley.

When asked if she made some new friends, senior Hope Taylor replied, "Yes, I think I'll be saying 'Hey' and hanging out a few times."

For one day, they learned that status, looks, even disabilities don't matter.

"When we break down barriers, we learn from each other and there's not going to be as much bullying," said Grubbs. "When we recognize our differences and we know the similarities are greater than our differences, bullying won't exist."

On Thursday, during their Advisory Class, the students will share the lessons they learned from the experience.

Copyright 2012 WLOX. All rights reserved.

 

 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Coroner: Gulfport murder victim was shot in the groin

    Coroner: Gulfport murder victim was shot in the groin

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 8:31 PM EDT2014-07-24 00:31:26 GMT
    According to Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove, Lamont Hayes, 41, was shot in the groin area and bled to death just a few hours later Tuesday night.More >>
    An area of Gulfport still reeling from the brutal murder of a child last week was hit with another violent death Tuesday night. According to Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove, Lamont Hayes, 41, was shot in the groin area and bled to death just a few hours later.More >>
  • Coroner: Girl's body was found in abandoned trailer's bathroom

    Coroner: Girl's body was found in abandoned trailer's bathroom

    Friday, July 18 2014 3:26 PM EDT2014-07-18 19:26:33 GMT
    It's been an extremely difficult day for family and friends as well as officers. So many people were crying, upset as the body of 5-year-old Janaya Thompson was removed from an abandoned trailer.More >>
    It's been an extremely difficult day for family and friends as well as officers. So many people were crying, upset as the body of 5-year-old Janaya Thompson was removed from an abandoned trailer. Coroner Gary Hargrove said Janaya's body was found in a bathroom.More >>
  • Two arrested for St. Martin burglary, TV theft

    Two arrested for St. Martin burglary, TV theft

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:44 AM EDT2014-07-23 15:44:17 GMT
    Investigators in Jackson County say two men who broke into a St. Martin home and stole a large television were arrested after they sold the TV a short time later.More >>
    Investigators in Jackson County say two men who broke into a St. Martin home and stole a large television were arrested after they sold the TV a short time later.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

208 DeBuys Road
Biloxi, MS 39531
(228) 896-1313

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WLOX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.