Mean girls promote nice message at Schwarzkoff
A group of "Mean Girls" recently stopped by Schwarzkoff Elementary to talk about bullying, friendship and the price of popularity.
The Mean girls were professional actors from JET Theater, who travel to schools and have presented plays to over half a million students in the area. Their assembly centers around four middle school friends in a popular clique. One of the girls is the Queen Bee and rules and directs her friends to embarrass and humiliate others.
It was a message that received a nice welcome from Schwarzkoff Elementary students.
Tiffany, a 5th grader said, "this play taught me that I can go to others and get help if I'm being bullied--teachers, counselor, my older brothers are all people I can turn to."
The play also discussed the various roles people play in bullying situations such as the bystander, and the victim or target of the bullying. One of the main points the play made was that it is wrong to bully and it gave our students some ideas of what they can do if they're being bullied or they see another student being bullied.
Some of the suggestions were to let others know if you're being bullied such as the principal, teacher or parents. Another idea was to tell the bully that you won't engage in bullying behavior and be a part of their activities.
Sixth graders, Molly, Mark, Darlene, and Lindsay expressed their opinions about what they learned. Molly said: "it taught me to be my own person". Mark learned that it is not alway a good idea to follow the popular crowd. Darlene thought it was very realistic and thought it was a good lesson for everybody to see. Lindsay learned that you can't just run away from the problem of bullying and that it is ok to tell someone what is going on and to ask for help.