Entertainment with a serious message
Derik Vanderford Staff Writer
SIMS — Friday’s OWEUS Bullying Prevention program at Sims Middle School proved entertaining for students
The high-energy assembly included performances from the Sims step team, cheerleaders, and Sims Singers. Several students also performed a skit related to bullying. Union County Yellow Jackets Jordan Spencer, Jamarcus Henderson and Matthew Barnett discussed bullying with Sims 7th-8th grade principal Michelle James, who led Friday’s program.
“There are over 60 administrators, teachers and staff members in this building who have been trained in the OWEUS Bullying Prevention Program,” James told the Sims students. “They care about you. You are a valuable resource in our school. You can make a difference. You guys outnumber the bullies. That’s why it is so important to tell an adult.”
Sims ELA instructor Aldonza Thomas discussed the four rules of bullying while students held banners displaying each of the rules:
1. We will not bully others.
2. We will try to help students who are bullied.
3. We will try to include students who are left out.
4. If we know that someone is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school and an adult at home.
The program’s guest speaker was Investigator Jermaine “Superman” Smith. Smith talked about the various kinds of bullying, including verbal, physical, and relational. Smith also pointed out various signs which indicate bullying may be taking place and talked about the appropriate steps for students to take.
The finale of the event was a performance by “2sydz,” which consists of two Union County residents — singer Jeremy Robinson and rapper Kardarius Means. The duo had the students on their feet through their entire performance, which concluded with a roaring ovation from Sims students.
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