Shoemaker High School kicked off National Bullying Prevention Month with a presentation from a former student.
Shoemaker alum Alexis Harris returned to campus Friday to talk to students about bullying, which she addresses through her nonprofit organization, Students Making Impacts In Lives Everywhere.
“It’s really great to be back,” said Harris, 19, now a student at the University of Texas-San Antonio.
“We’re here today to talk to these students and teach them about self-image and self-worth.”
Harris, who speaks to schools, churches and other organizations, said most high school students experience some kind of “emotional bullying.”
She said it was up to students to be good examples for one another.
“If they see a young person being a positive example, they don’t have any excuses not to do the same,” Harris said.
Dawn Richardson, Shoemaker student activities coordinator, said having someone close to the students’ ages speak about bullying is an effective
way to raise awareness
about the issue.
“We can talk to them, but I think the message has more of an impact when it comes from another young person,” Richardson said.
Students signed anti-bullying pledges. Shoemaker also offers an intervention counselor to help address bullying concerns.
“We want them to know they can come to us,” said Principal Ronald Gray Sr. “We also want them to know that we won’t tolerate students who are participating in that kind of behavior.”